Gunmen kill 3 policemen in BauchiBauchi, Headlines, State News Friday, July 27th, 2012
By: PAUL ORUDE, Bauchi
Thu, 07/26/2012 – 23:40
It was a bloody day for the Bauchi State Police Command as gunmen yesterday killed three of its men on patrol along Bauchi Gombe Road. The gunmen made away with three police rifles after opening fire on the policemen on patrol. Two inspectors and a corporal were sent to their early grave in the attack.
Dailly Sun correspondent learnt that the policemen had just resumed duty at the patrol spot when the gunmen opened fire, killing one inspector and one corporal. The second inspector reportedly died in the hospital. According to the report, the fourth policeman narrowly escaped death and ran into the bush. The gunmen whose number could not be ascertained as at the time of filing this report, snatched three rifles belonging to the slained policemen. The Public Relations Officer of the command, Mohammed Auyo confirmed the attack to newsmen in his office.
Auyo, an Assistant Superintendent of Police (ASP), said investigation had begun. He said that a team of policemen had combed the scene of the attack in search of the culprits. The PPRO expressed optimism that the hoodlums would be apprehended. One of the policemen who was among those combing the area said the hoodlums were still there before their arrival. The policeman who pleaded anonymity said he saw where the gunmen sat before they reached the place.
He urged members of the public to come forward with useful information that would assist the police in arresting the suspects. No group has claimed responsibility for the attack. Our correspondent gathered that policemen in the command were targets of gunmen and several of them had been killed in the last two years.
While many were killed during bank operations that became pronounced last year, police on patrol had not been susceptible to attacks by gunmen in recent times until yesterday’s incidence.
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