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Army Arrests 4 Boko Haram Bombers In Kano: by meltech(m): 11:13pm On Feb 22, 2012
Sounds of bomb blasts and several
gun shots scared residents of
Tinshama in Otoro, Taurani Local
Government Area of Kano State,
Northwest Nigeria, this morning.
The crossfire started at about 5 a.m.
and lasted till about 6.30 a.m. this
morning.
According to one of the residents,
“We woke up this morning disturbed
by sounds like bombshell which
sounded for about five times. They
were followed with several gun shots.
“As I talk to you now, most residents
including myself have fled the area,”
a resident who refused to disclose his
name told our correspondent.
A military source later told the AFP
that the militants had thrown
explosives and fired at a Nigerian
military checkpoint on Wednesday,
igniting the gunbattle, the
reverbrations which were heard all
over the city, where attacks in
January killed 185.
“Our checkpoint …came under attack
this morning by gunmen believed to
be members of Boko Haram,” a
military source told AFP.
“The soldiers repelled the attack and
arrested four suspects” in the wake of
the dawn assault that shook the
northern city still trying to recover
from the January 20 deadly bomb-
and-gun assault.
Kano State military spokesman Iweha
Ikedichi confirmed the arrest of “four
suspected members of Boko Haram”
in the Tinshama area of the city but
refused to give further details.
Security forces cordoned off the area
for several hours after the attack.
Soldiers later drove around the
neighbourhood shooting into the air
and arrested the four suspects.
The country’s emergency agency
NEMA said there were no casualties.
An AFP correspondent heard at least
six explosions followed by gunshots,
just before the Muslim dawn prayers.
The Islamic sect staged coordinated
gun and bomb assaults in Kano on
January 20, killing at least 185 people
in what was the deadliest of a string
of recent assaults in northern Nigeria.
There have since been several smaller
attacks in the city.
Yet, there were conflicting reports
about the incident at Tinshama this
morning as at the time of filing this
report.
A version of the report said the JTF
raided a Boko Haram hideout within
the area which resulted in a bloody
gun fight.
The casualties during the gun fight
could not be ascertained by
P.M.NEWS as at press time.
An AFP correspondent also claimed to
have heard at least six huge
explosions followed by gun shots, just
before Muslim dawn prayers, which
continued for around an hour.
Tinshama is also close to the low
income suburb of Badawa, which also
home to both Christians and Muslims.
“The whole area has been cordoned
off by armed soldiers and policemen.
All we hear is that a house suspected
to be a Boko Haram hideout was
raided by security agents,” said
Badawa resident Bala Haruna.
In January, Boko Haram staged
coordinated gun and bomb assaults in
Kano, killing at least 185 people in
what was the group’s deadliest ever
strike.
There have since been several smaller
attacks in the city.

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