UPDATED: One killed, many injured as gunmen attack Jigawa community

Jigawa on map
Jigawa on map

Suspected gunmen on Wednesday attacked Gidan Maidawa community in Dutse Local Government Area of Jigawa State.

A local government official, Muhammad Abdullahi, who spoke on behalf of the Dutse Local Chairman, Bala ‘Yar-Gaba, said one person was killed and ten others were injured during the attacked.

He said the gunmen came around 2:30 a.m. with weapons, shooting sporadically.

He said the victims were taken to a hospital in the state while those with severe injuries were referred to Aminu Kano Teaching Hospital in neighbouring Kano State.

The police commissioner in Jigawa, Bala Senchi, also confirmed that one person was killed. He, however, said only five people were injured.

The police identified the deceased as 50-year-old Abdulkadir Sale. He said he attempted to rescue a victim and was shot dead in the process.

The police commissioner said the gunmen reportedly gathered intelligence about the poor state of roads in the community which made it difficult for the police to respond on time.

He said the gunmen specifically targeted a businessman with the intention to rob him. In the process, many people were injured in the attack.

He said no arrest has been made. He, however, said more police officers have been deployed to the area to arrest the fleeing armed robbers.

A PREMIUM TIMES correspondent visited Rasheed Shekoni Specialist Hospital where some of the victims are receiving treatment, The victims at the hospital included at least two children who sustained gunshot wounds.

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A victim, Shamsu Husseini, told journalists that the gunmen shot people at sight including women and children.

He said the attackers operated for over 40 minutes before they left the community.

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