Three policemen have been killed in a gun battle between police officers and gunmen suspected to be members of the dreaded Boko Haram sect, at the police divisional headquarters in Birnin Gwari Local Government Area of Kaduna State.The gunmen also attacked two banks located very close to the police station, carting away undisclosed amount of money.
It was reported that there were about 20 police personnel on duty at
the time of the attack, which left three of them and one of the
attackers dead, and many others seriously injured.
The gunmen who were said to have attacked the police station around
12 midnight also reportedly released some suspects detained inside the
cell at the police station.
So far, no group has claimed responsibility for the attack.
The state Commissioner of Police, Mr. Olufemi Adenaike, who visited
the scene of the attack in the company of the state governor, Mr. Muktar
Ramalan Yero, told Channels Television correspondent in Kaduna that the
gunmen who attacked the police facility were terrorists, given the kind
of sophisticated weapons they used in the attack.
Explosive devices were also used to break into the banks’ halls by blowing open the electronic doors.
According to Mr. Adenaike, the gunmen numbering about 100 engaged the
policemen on duty in a gun battle which led to the death of three of
his men, adding that one of the gunmen also died and others escaped with
On his part, Governor Yero, who was conducted round the police
station condemned the attack and called on the residents to avail the
police and other security agencies with useful information about
criminals in their area.
Birnin Gwari over the years has been notorious for armed robbery and other criminal activities.
In October 2012, gunmen invaded the town killing some 20 worshippers leaving a mosque in an early morning attack in the town.
Cattle farmers in the area have lost over 7,000 cows to robbers in
the last three months while motorists have not been spared in their
The latest attack has, therefore, increased the people’s fears and
are calling on the state government and security agencies to come to