KANO/Kano: The police in Kano State has fingered a dismissed military officer as the leader of the Boko Haram group that attacked kano in the early morning of Sunday, 23 July, 2017.

Given details of how its men overpowered members of the , Boko Haram​ in a gun battle in Kano,  the Kano State Police Commissioner, Rabiu Yusuf, told ​newsmen that ​Boko Haram gunmen were led by a dismissed military officer who was training the others.

​He recalled that ​the ​exchange of fire occurred at about 2 a.m. on Sunday at Gaya in Ungogo Local Government Area.

Yusuf ​disclosed that the police have been gathering intelligence on the suspects​.

He said they were among Boko Haram members who escaped from Sambisa forest in Borno when the military ​disclosed the sect.​

The commissioner noted two members of the terror group arrested earlier​ took the police to Gaya, where the gun battle took place.

He said the dismissed military officer, who later escaped, threw an improvised explosive device at the police and started to shoot before the police fought back.

​Yusuf said: ​“The police came under attack by the terrorists group at their location but were overpowered by the tactical task force.

​”​Three police officers sustained injuries and three of the Boko Haram gunned down.

​”​One of the three police officers injured during the battle has been discharged from the hospital after treatment​​.

“​A​rrested suspects ​are Abba Muhammad of Niger Republic, 20; Usman Buhari from Borno, 22; and Illiyasu Abdullahi from Kano, 46​.

​”​The two arrested women are Gezawa Yau and Ladidi Yunusa​”.​

Items recovered included an AK47 rifle, 49 rounds of ammunition, IEDs, two sets of Air Force uniforms, one military boot, one laptop, one iPad, and some pictures of the suspects wearing military uniform.




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