Daily Trust (Abuja)

20 January 2013

Nigeria: Gunmen Kill Two Cops, Little Girl in Kaduna

Kaduna — Unknown gunmen riding on a bike killed two policemen and a little girl in Kawo New Extension, a suburb in Kaduna metropolis, Sunday Trust gathered.

It was said that the gunmen riding on a bike opened fire on policemen who mounted a check point on Sabo Birnin area of Kawo New Extension around 8:30pm on Friday night.

Residents told our correspondent that while the policemen were busy in their stop-and-search operation, the gunmen came and opened fire on them.

"They came from nowhere and were shooting sporadically at the policemen. The shooting exchange lasted for minutes. At the end, we saw two lifeless bodies of policemen on the ground," a resident said.

He said a stray bullet hit a little girl who was coming out from a nearby shop who died before reaching hospital.

The spokesperson of the Kaduna State Police Command, DSP Aminu Lawan confirmed the attack but said only a policeman was killed.

"Our men were attacked on Murtala Crescent in Kawo New Extension while on stop-and-search operation.

"They tried to repel the hoodlums who opened fire on them from all corners.

"One of our men died while another had gun injuries. A little girl too was killed," he told Sunday Trust in a telephone interview.

The police spokesperson said police were on the trail of the hoodlums and that investigations had commenced on the incident.

When Sunday Trust visited the area, shop owners near the scene of the attack closed their doors.

However residents of the area were seen going about their normal activities.

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