Two suspected gunmen have been killed by the Joint Military Taskforce Tuesday morning during a raid on the insurgent hideout located at Gayawa village, Ungogo local Government area of Kano State.
The combat operation which lasted about one and half hours was a product of an intelligence build up by the military following the arrest of fleeing suspects from Maiduguri and Katsina.
Two AK 47 riffles were recovered from the fleeing insurgents, while their Nissan car was equally impounded by the military.
Security sources in the restive northern commercial city revealed that Nigerian troops came under fire by the suspected terrorists at Gayawa villages as explosives went off within the vicinity.
JTF, in a statement signed by its Spokesman, Capt Ikediche Iweha said, “19 November 2013, at about 0630 hours (6:30 am) at Gayawa general area of Ungogo Local Government Area. Two terrorists lost their lives in the resulting shootout with troops. Items recovered from them include two AK 47 rifles, five magazines, 91 rounds of 7.62 special ammunition, among other items.
“Yesterday, 18 November 2013, at about 1930 hours (7:30 pm), following intelligence build up, the JTF and personnel of the Department of State Service, Kano Command mounted a snap check point along Kankara – Sheme road in Katsina State to intercept fleeing terrorists from operations in the north eastern axis of the country.
“Two terrorists were intercepted and apprehended on their way to Zamfara State. Two AK 47 rifles, 4 magazines, and 68 rounds of 7.62mm special ammunition were recovered from them in a Nissan Sunny car.
The JTF Spokesman further explains that “the proactive reactions of the JTF in Kano continue to deny terrorists freedom of action and from using the State as a launching pad to launch attacks on other parts of the country”, adding that “this is as a result of the support the JTF is receiving from members of the general public”.
Iweha urged members of the general public to continue complimenting the efforts of the JTF by carrying out thorough checks on the background of persons who wish to let properties. He added, “the JTF will continue to be complimented with the destruction of properties terrorists reside in and the arrests of their owners”.