Leadership (Abuja)

19 January 2013

Nigeria: Terrorism - Soldiers Kill Student, Two Others

About three people were yesterday killed and four others injured when soldiers raided a suspected terrorists' base in Gombe State. Among them was a student of the Federal College of Education (Technical), Gombe.

Disclosing this to journalists, a student of FCE and a survivor of the raid, Abubakar Adamu, stated that the soldiers came to their house at about 3.30 am in London-Maidoruwa, a suburb of Gombe town, behind the FCE, and started pulling down their mud house.

He added that a gun battle ensued, which forced them out of the house through the window, as a result of which three people, including a student of the school, Aliyu Jibrin, was killed. He said he couldn't identify the other two dead bodies.

However, commandant of the 301 Battalion of the Nigerian Army, Gombe, Col. Joseph Iwara, told reporters on phone that the army, acting on a tip-off, raided the suspected criminals' hideout, but said that only one person was killed.

He said the suspected criminals were heavily armed, which made the soldiers to strategise before attacking the area, adding that on reaching the place, the criminals opened fire on them.

Iwara regretted the death of the student, saying it was unfortunate that one of the rooms in the house was housing some students.

Speaking on the incident, the provost of the school, Dr. Abbas Adamu Gimba, described the incident as unfortunate even though it did not affect any of his members of staff.

The police public relations officer, Gombe State Command, DSP Fwaje Atajiri said the operation was not under the police.

Already, the state government has restricted the movement of motorcycles from 5pm to 6am.

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