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Policeman, one other, killed in foiled robbery crossfire in Bauchi

| July 31, 2013 More

TWO persons, including a police inspector, were yesterday killed in a foiled bank robbery at Alkaleri Local Council of Bauchi State.

   According to an eyewitness, 15 gunmen stormed the bank in the early hours of Tuesday and opened fire on security operatives, which resulted in a gun battle.

   A source from the bank, who confirmed the break -in, told The Guardian that the gunmen succeeded in entering the bank but failed in compromising the bank vault before policemen responded to foil the attack. 

   “The reinforcement from the police chased the robbers away without stealing a kobo from the bank. One of the robbers was felled during the exchange of gunfire, while another was captured alive. However, a police inspector was also killed during the attack.”

   Among items recovered from the hideout of the robbers were five AK 47 riffles, eight magazines, two IEDs, a forged police identity card and two GSM handsets. Police Public Relations Officer, ASP Hassan Mohammed Auyo, said the captured suspect is helping security personnel in investigation.

   In another development, soldiers at a checkpoint in Darazo Local Council of Bauchi mistakenly shot to death two passengers of a taxi.

A witness said the soldiers killed the two passengers because the driver of the car made a U-turn when he approached the checkpoint, which made them opened fire on the vehicle, leading to the loss of lives of two passengers.

 “When the driver of the vehicle approached the checkpoint along Potiskum-Yobe-Maiduguri Road, he immediately made a U-turn on sighting the soldiers and abandoned the car while running into the bush. This raised the suspicion of the soldiers, who opened fire on the occupants of the vehicle, killing two people.”

   The bodies have been deposited at Darazo General Hospital, while the case is being investigated by the Bauchi State Criminal Investigation Department.

Category: Bauchi State News

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