Kano Blast: Police Confirm 15 Dead, 34 Injured
A statement issued in Abuja by the force spokesman, acting Commissioner of Police, Mr Emmanuel Ojukwu, said 34 persons were injured.
The toll followed an attack by Boko Haram gunmen who stormed the lecture hall opening fire on students, one attacker was shot dead by police and another died after an explosive belt he was wearing detonated, according to the police.
The statement said two armed men detonated Improvised Explosive Devices in the lecture hall of the college at about 3.30 p.m.
“Thereafter, they began sporadic shooting outside the premises.
“Police team from a nearby Tactical Operations Point responded and shot dead the two insurgents,’’ the statement said, adding that the AK 47 rifles carried by the men were recovered.
It said that investigation into the incident had begun.
Meanwhile, the Police Command in Kebbi has arrested 89 suspects after a mob attack on a Divisional Police Station in Kamba on Wednesday in which four persons died.
A statement issued in Abuja by the force spokesman, said the mob burnt down two police vehicles, nine motorcycles and smashed windscreens of four cars parked on the premises.
“The mob also burnt the official residence of the Divisional Police Officer.’’
The mob carried out the attack after a Niger national, Adamu Gaya, was taken into custody at the station.
The statement explained that about noon, a group of villagers in Kamba attempted to lynch one Gaya who was alleged to have been involved in the ritual murder of a young girl.
“The police rescued and brought him (Gaya) into protective custody.
“However, irate villagers attacked the police station and destroyed the communication base.’’
The statement said the Inspector-General of Police, Mr Suleiman Abba, appealed to citizens not to take laws into their hands, but to assist law enforcement officers in maintaining law and order.