Vanguard (Lagos)

8 February 2013

Nigeria: Gunmen Kill Nine Female Health Workers in Kano

Photo: Gates Foundation
A local health worker carries polio vaccines in Nigeria (file photo).

A total of 9 female Health workers have been shot to death at two Community health centres in the ancient city of Kano by unknown gunmen in two separate attacks.

Eyewitness account told Vanguard that the first offensive on the polio workers at Filin Kashu, Ungwa-Uku General area left two dead, while 4 others were critically injured.

The account explained that the gunmen in tricycle arrived the Community health centre by 9.00am, opened fire on the defenseless paramedics and subsequently escaped in the ensuing pandemonium.

In another attack recorded at Hotoro Haye, 7 female workers were shot dead at the Community health centre.

Eyewitness say the assailants also came in a tricycle and sprayed bullets at the female workers on duty.

The Kano State Commissioner of Health, Dr Abubakar Labaran Yusuf while confirming the incident explained that “6 were shot at Ungwa-Uku but two died while 4 survived”.

The Police Public Relation Officer, Kano Police Command, ASP, Magaji Musa Majia confirmed that “9 female health workers were shot dead in the separate attacks”

ASP Magaji also disclosed that the bodies of the victims have been deposited at the Murtala Muhammad Hospital in the city”

According to Magaji “investigations have immediately commenced”

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