However, this time, gunmen opened fire in an area around a mosque while Muslims were observing Ramadan prayers on Sunday night. There was a police team already deployed to protect worshippers, when the attack took place. The Police and the attackers exchanged fire and one of the assailants was killed when his own explosive device went off.
According to an official who spoke on condition of anonymity, three other gunmen were shot dead by police, “The rest fled, abandoning their car and three motorcycles they came with,” the official added.
It was not clear whether police or the mosque was the target of the attack, however, earlier in the day, gunmen on a motorcycle opened fire on the car of a Nigerian air force officer, killing the driver and an aide, while two other people were killed in a nearby neighbourhood.
An officer of the Air Force, Air Commodore Sani Ahmed, confirmed the second incident above: “A car of one of our officers came under attack this morning… The officer’s driver and his orderly were travelling out of town, but as they reached an area called Yan-Lemo, two gunmen on a motorcycle opened fire on the car, killing the two personnel.”