A GROUP of suspected armed robbers yesterday launched an attack at AA Rano Filling Station around Federal Low-Cost Road in Bauchi metropolis killing a vigilance group member and injuring three policemen.
It was gathered that two members of the vigilance group were guarding the filling station when the armed bandits launched the attack, killing one of them while his colleague managed to escape unhurt.
When contacted, the Bauchi State Police Commissioner, Mohammed Ladan who confirmed the incident to newsmen, said the policemen were injured during a gun battle with the bandits.
He said: “The hoodlums first attacked the filling station where they killed the vigilante and immediately we received distress calls from the public on the attack, we deployed our men to the scene but when the robbers sighted our men, they started shooting and we responded immediately and during the exchange of fire, three policemen sustained minor injuries.
The Commissioner said the armed robbers abandoned their vehicles and escaped with bullet wounds adding that police has commenced investigation into the attack as well as cordoned off the area in search of the hoodlums that escaped with bullet wounds.
Items recovered from the armed robbers, according to Ladan, include one Ak 47 rifle, two pistols and over 100 ammunition.
He called on the public as well as management staff of various hospitals in the state to assist the police with information on any patient with bullet wounds.
A security source who spoke to The Guardian on condition of anonymity said the armed robbers carted away huge amounts of money from the filling station.
He said the suspects abandoned their vehicle that they parked behind Games Village, which is about two kilometres to the filling station, adding that the abandoned vehicle was stained with blood.
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