31 March 2013

Nigeria: Update - JTF Kills 14 Boko Haram Suspects in Kano Shootout

Photo: Daily Trust
Joint Task Force members, Nigeria.

The Joint Task Force (JTF) has killed 14 Boko Haram suspects in a shootout at Unguwa Uku, Kano State. A wife to one of the suspects was also arrested.

The shootout was a result of a raid by officers of the Joint Task Force, JTF, on a suspected insurgent hide-out, security sources have said.

Our correspondent who visited the Murtala Mohammed Specialist Hospital saw the 14 corpses deposited there. Also, a wife to one of the suspects, Mariam Yunusa was nursing a fractured arm.

LEADERSHIP gathered that the JTF had embarked on a house-to-house search from midnight, when they came upon the suspects' hideout. Sporadic gunshots could be heard at about 4am.

Zaria road was barricaded by soldiers; this stopped motorists coming in from Abuja and other parts of the country, as well as those going out of Kano.

Residents of the community have remained indoors due to fear and confusion.

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