Blasts, gunfire heard in Kano, Boko Haram again

Published On: January 30, 2012, 7:11 am (8 years ago)
Author: WhoBdat
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Gunmen bombed a police station late yesterday in Kano, the police and witnesses said, leading to an hour of gun battles in the city recently plagued by attacks from suspected Boko Haram followers.

Witnesses said gunmen and armed police were in a shoot out for around an hour after the explosion at the police station at Naibawa district in Kano.

 “We are scared. The police and Boko Haram members are battling each other and there is gunfire everywhere,” resident Usman Ibrahim Bello told Reuters news agency.

Kano state police commissioner Ibrahim Idris confirmed the attack.

“We were able to push them out of the area but they burnt part of the police station,” Idris said, quoted by Reuters. “It was a blast that caused damage to the station.”

AFP news agency quoted witness Kabiru Maikatako saying: “A large number of gunmen stormed the area at prayer time and opened fire on the police station. The police fired back and a shootout has been going on for the past 30 minutes.”

“I am now trapped in my (timber) shed. It is shooting all around and the whole area has been deserted. Only the police and the attackers are shooting at each other,” he added.

The shootout took place in the Naibawa motor park, a major bus terminal on the outskirts of the city, not far from where a German engineer was kidnapped by gunmen on Thursday.

“We were saying our evening prayers when shooting broke out around the police station,” said local resident Sule Adamu, according to AFP.

“We all dispersed without finishing our prayer and moved indoors while passengers who had left the motor park scampered for safety,” he added.

Taxi driver Abbas Saleh said he was preparing for evening prayers “when gunshots filled the air with gunmen attacking the police station and shouting Allahu Akbar.”

“I abandoned what I was doing and hurried into a nearby shop. Where I am I can hear gunshots. I don’t know whether anybody has been killed or injured,” he said.

Yesterday’s attack followed the January 20 coordinated gun and bomb attacks in Kano claimed by Boko Haram that killed at least 185 people in the city.

In several recent messages, the group has vowed to strike again.

Most recently, in leaflets distributed around Kano overnight, it warned residents that it would continue to target the city’s security services leaflets.

The leaflets, which could not be independently verified as authentic, said that Boko Haram tried to avoid harming civilians.

Earlier yesterday, security forces had deployed heavily around Kano guarding churches and frisking worshippers as they arrived to pray.

Boko Haram has been blamed for the deaths of more than 900 people in roughly 160 separate attacks since July 2009. It has claimed attacks that have killed more than 200 people since the start of 2012.

Posted: (8 years ago) on 30-01-2012 07:11 AM | Newbie
Odi kwa egwu oo! Biko umu afo di na ebaa, kedu ihe anyi mega about this???
Posted: (8 years ago) on 30-01-2012 07:22 AM | Newbie
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The benefit of fighting is death. let Boko haram forgive and move on with their lives and focus to rise their kids in proper way.
Posted: (8 years ago) on 30-01-2012 07:24 AM | Upcoming
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Anyi ga ano here, Awusa abaa awka! Odi egwu!
Posted: (8 years ago) on 30-01-2012 07:25 AM | Newbie
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na wah oooo wetin person do this people self?
Posted: (8 years ago) on 30-01-2012 07:26 AM | Gistmaniac
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boko haram. wot exactly do u want?
Posted: (8 years ago) on 30-01-2012 07:42 AM | Upcoming
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All a time dis Boko Haram should know that God exist.
Posted: (8 years ago) on 30-01-2012 07:55 AM | Newbie
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f**king besats........... Angry Angry Angry Angry Angry
Posted: (8 years ago) on 30-01-2012 08:02 AM | Gistmaniac
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Y dem dey do kano lyk dis na. Its so sad dat kano which use 2b a biznes oriented area has turn in 2 a battle feild. God pls end d lives of boko pple thier sponsours, and even thier generation unborn.
Posted: (8 years ago) on 30-01-2012 08:07 AM | Newbie
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must they fyt for God why cant they alow God to fyt his batle. I dont no why sum pple wuld enjoy kilin oda pple for the sek of religion wat a sham ooh sham on u boko haram
Posted: (8 years ago) on 30-01-2012 08:15 AM | Upcoming
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phyuk you animals kill your self in the North that is not my business
Posted: (8 years ago) on 30-01-2012 08:19 AM | Upcoming
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MAKAZ MAKAZ (m)
this is d birth of illiteracy and misinformation of agenda. its indeed a national disgrace and shame on d country's image. Boko nonsense u all will soon be cut down.
Posted: (8 years ago) on 30-01-2012 08:19 AM | Newbie
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Adikwam surprise   oooooo
Posted: (8 years ago) on 30-01-2012 08:41 AM | Upcoming
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kano again? this is very serious oooooooo
Posted: (8 years ago) on 30-01-2012 08:44 AM | Grande Master
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Quote from: amcq2001 on 30-01-2012 07:24 AM
The benefit of fighting is death. let Boko haram forgive and move on with their lives and focus to rise their kids in proper way.

na good advice so oooooooo
Posted: (8 years ago) on 30-01-2012 08:46 AM | Grande Master
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BIAFRANS READY THIS IS TOTAL WAR  Shocked Sad Grin
Posted: (8 years ago) on 30-01-2012 08:49 AM | Newbie
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My God will fight for us and we shall hold ur peace. What i believe is dat whatever has a beginning, must have an end. I can see d end of BOKO HARAM. Dey will soon become a thing of d past

Posted: (8 years ago) on 30-01-2012 08:49 AM | Gistmaniac
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Quote from: fancydonud on 30-01-2012 08:15 AM
must they fyt for God why cant they alow God to fyt his batle. I dont no why sum pple wuld enjoy kilin oda pple for the sek of religion wat a sham ooh sham on u boko haram
  for your information they are not fighting for GOD instead, they are fighting and killing unjustly for there blood thirsty allah.

Posted: (8 years ago) on 30-01-2012 08:53 AM | Upcoming
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Boko haram go on with your deeds but i asure you dat your days are numbered mark my words u will never live and die in peace cos the inocent blood you 've shared will hunt you. You are fighting for your religion what nonesence.
Posted: (8 years ago) on 30-01-2012 09:18 AM | Newbie
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Quote from: dozienna on 30-01-2012 08:49 AM
BIAFRANS READY THIS IS TOTAL WAR  Shocked Sad Grin

you are not serious
Posted: (8 years ago) on 30-01-2012 09:39 AM | Grande Master
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