Two civilians have been reported killed after gunmen suspected to be members of the Boko Haram sect attacked two different police stations in Naibawa and Mandawari quarters of Kano Metropolis on Monday.
The state commissioner of Police, Ibrahim Idris, who confirmed the attacks in an interview with AFP said the gunmen who attacked Mandawari police outpost at dawn “could not get access to the station,” and were “repelled by officers”.
A resident of the area who is also a journalist reports that the gun battle started at exactly 5:50am. He also said motorcycles were racing up and down his street as the sound of gunfire rang around the police station.
Another resident of Mandawari,Jamilu Mohammed, who also spoke to AFP reports that the gun battle lasted up to 20 minutes.
“It was crazy. These guys came on motorcycles and opened fire on the police station but they met tough resistance from the police, and it lasted around 20 minutes,”Jamilu said.
The Kano Police commissioner also confirmed that two civilians were killed when gunmen engaged the police in a 30 minutes gun battle at Naibawa police station late evening on Sunday.
He said the gunmen threw an explosive inside the police building, causing damage, but that none of the officers on duty were hurt.
Residents of Kano who spoke to Premium Times confirmed that Boko Haram has circulated leaflets throughout the city on Saturday warning the residents to stay away from security installations as its current campaign of violence against security agents will continue.
Meanwhile, the spokesman of the group,AbulQaqa, has issued a new threat against security establishments in Sokoto state demanding that their members arrested there be released.