Abdulmumin Murtala and Bashir Bello
Heavily armed kidnappers kidnapped a businessman in the town of Minjibir, about 50 kilometers from the town of Kano, on Wednesday, after an exchange of shots with police.
Gunmen stormed the city around 1 a.m., firing sporadically around Masaka
the area of the city before the kidnapping of businessman Abdullah Kalos.
Witnesses told reporters that the gunmen attacked both police officers and
burned their patrol van.
“I heard the shots for the first time around 1:30 in the morning, and then the shots continued.
“Through my window, I saw police officers returning fire,” said an eyewitness who asked for anonymity.
“The armed men stationed their men at all junctions in the city. I doubted it
they have superior firepower because the police later gave up.
“At around 4:20 in the morning, they attacked the policemen who were setting up an ambush near Amsharu
Elementary School. In the police van, the DPO was in the vehicle, along with his team.
“When the police withdrew, the gunmen set fire to their patrol vehicle and left
a city without further challenge, ”he added.
Also, another eyewitness told reporters that the gunmen came in a Hilux van, three Volkswagen Sharon and many motorcycles.
Another source also said that the kidnappers, numbering over 30, overpowered the police officers, because of which they fled and left their vehicle.
The source also said that reinforcements from the police in Cannes did not arrive on time
since the armed had a field day.
The kidnapped businessman is a well-known trader in construction materials and food in the city.
“They left their vehicles in the plantation area and moved on foot,” an eyewitness said.
At the time of submitting this report, Kano police spokesman Abdullahi Haruna Kiyawa confirmed the incident but said the information available was inadequate.
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