There was a gun duel in the early hours of yesterday when a combined team of the State Security Services [SSS] and the Nigerian Army raided the house of suspected terrorists behind the Federal Government Girls College [FGGC] Bauchi at Abujan Kwata area of the metropolis.
Our correspondent reports that the operation which took place around 1:30 am caused panic among the residents of the area, as the sound of gunshots exchanged between the security operatives and the hoodlums lasted for a long time.
Reliable security sources explained that the operation followed a tip-off they received about the suspicious house which made them to act immediately in order to protect the lives and property of the citizens in the state.
"We received intelligence information about the hide-out of some criminals. We traced the place and cordoned off the area around 1;30am last Friday, when the hoodlooms sighted our men they started to throw explosives and shooting sporadically. So, we made effort to enter the house but could not do so because of the wall that surrounded it. Later we succeeded to get into the house, destroyed parts of it but the hoodlums escaped through the backyard".
The source added that when the suspected terrorists fled, the combined security troop recovered many explosives abandoned by the miscreants.
While residents of the area said the security agents who stormed the place with two armored tanks asked them to remain calm, indoors and later they began to hear terrible sounds of gunshots that threw everybody into fear and confusion.
The residents further uncovered that the terrorists had rented the house about two weeks ago but no one cared about them because they did not show any unruly behavior. "They [the hoodlums] don't interfere into people's affairs, they don't usually come out from the house because they reserved themselves".