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IED explodes in Bauchi, 2 policemen injured in gun duel with robbers

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Written by Saliu Gbadamosi, Bauchi


Sunday, 09 September 2012

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AN improvised explosive device (IED) planted at Railway area of Bauchi metropolis exploded on Friday night without injuring anyone, even as two policemen sustained varying degree of injuries in an exchange of gun fire with men suspected to be armed robbers at Wuntin Dada area of the Bauchi State capital, also on Friday night.

The IED, it was gathered, was planted in an uncompleted building in the area. Residents in the area said that they did not really know when the device was planted in the area, adding that they suddenly heard the loud bang of the explosion in the night when most people had retired to bed.

“Nobody really knew that such a thing was hidden in the building. All we heard suddenly was a loud bang which scared many away. Thank God that no live was lost and nobody was injured either,” said a resident, Abubakar Adamu.

In another development, men of the state police command on Friday night engaged some men of the underworld in a fiery exchange of gun fire at Wunti Dada area of Bauchi metropolis, in an incident in which two policemen were said to have sustained injuries.

The robbers, Sunday Tribune gathered, laid an ambush for a police patrol team in the area and engaged the team in a gun duel, while it was said that the robbers took to their heels seeing the superiority of the police.

No one was, however, arrested by the police, while it was unknown as of the time of filing in this report whether any of the suspected armed robbers sustained any injury in the gun duel.

Confirming the separate incidents to journalists on Saturday, the Bauchi State Commissioner of Police, Mallam Mohammed Ladan, stated that an IED was detonated at Railway area, while some hoodlums, suspected to be armed robbers ambushed a police patrol team at Wunti Dada area, located on the Bauchi-Jos road.

“The IED that exploded at Railway was detonated in an uncompleted building but no one sustained any injury. This is as a result of the fact that it was detonated at an empty place,” Mallam Ladan said.

“As for the Wuntin Dada incident, it is true that some of our men were ambushed by suspected armed robbers and had an exchange of fire with policemen. Two policemen sustained injuries in the process. We have since overcome the situation and everything has returned to normal,” he added.

In view of the security challenges currently being faced in the country, Ladan advised members of the public to always help the police with useful information which could be used in arresting criminals, adding that such information would be treated with utmost confidentiality.

Meanwhile, in a response to the directive of the Inspector General of Police (IGP), Muhammed Dahiru Abubakar, that police should provide 24-hour protection for telecommunications masts across the country, the Bauchi State Police Command has stated that it has taken proactive measures to curtail the activities of hoodlums who are attacking people and telecommunications stations in the state.

According to a press statement made available to journalists in Bauchi by the Police Public Relations Officer, ASP Hassan Mohammed Auyo, warned motorcyclists from carrying three people at once, saying that it had been observed that those carrying out this dastardly act were always three in number on motorcycle.

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