JTF averts bloody Easter in Kano; ...kills 14 Boko Haram militant

The Joint Military Task Force averted what would have turned out as a bloody Easter in Kano, following a combat operation that left 14 insurgents dead, a primed car laden with explosives for suicide attack and assorted weapons of war recovered.

The bloody operation that took place at Layin Yan’awaki , Ungwa-Uku General area of Tarauni Local Council of the state brought economic activities in the commercial nerve centre of Northern Nigeria to a standstill while the gun duel lasted.

Conducting newsmen round the battle ground, the Brigade Commander 3 motorized Brigade, Bukavu Barrack, Kano, Brigadier General Iliyasu Isa Abba said, “my men were on cordon and search operations in the wee hours of this morning at Layin Yan’awaki, Ungwa –Uku General Area when suddenly they came under fire from terrorists that triggered a gun duel”.

General Iliyasu Abba said that the ensuing firefight that lasted for six hours left 14 insurgents dead, while undisclosed number of others were arrested, stressing that “it was an opportunity to demonstrate our superior fire power, and the gallant officers and men gave a good account of themselves”.

The imminent disaster was averted as the British government, weekend, advised its citizens in Nigeria to stay away from 22 states including Bauchi, Gombe, Borno and Yobe, for fear of retaliatory attacks by terrorist groups due to the involvement of Britain in the war in Mali.