Boko Haram, Soldiers in Gun Battle
A soldier was feared killed in the early hours of Monday during a gun battle between the military and two Boko Haram suspects at Ungwan Keke-B, near Danbushiya suburb in Chikun Local Government area of Kaduna, residents of the area told PREMIUM TIMES on Monday morning.
Witnesses who pleaded anonymity said the suspects, two brothers, moved to the area and lived in a rented apartment three years ago.
“We never knew that they are Boko Haram people.
“We just sighted a team of military personnel cordon the house, then gun shots filled the air at about 11:56 p.m. which led to their escape and the killing of one soldier after several hours of shooting.
According to witnesses, although the two Boko Haram suspects, whose names could not be ascertained, escaped, their wives were arrested by the security operatives after the gun battle that left their building shattered.
“One of the suspect got married to his wife who is from Bauchi eight days ago and brought her to Kaduna. Two of the wives have been taken away by the soldiers,” the witnesses said.
The Village Head of Keke B, Suleiman Mohammed, who confirmed the incident to journalists said he started hearing gun shots at about 1 a.m.
“The team of security operatives later announced that the neighbours should all come out of their houses and ordered them to leave the area,” he said.
The house was completely deserted, there were blood stains on the floor, but the security operatives had left the area when a PREMIUM TIMES correspondent left the vicinity Monday morning.
Efforts to reach the Deputy Director Army Public Relation of the 1 Army Division Kaduna, Abdul Usman, failed as his phone lines were unavailable. He is yet to respond to a text message sent to him.
The Boko Haram insurgency in Northern Nigeria has caused the death of over 20,000 people with hundreds of thousands still displaced mainly in the north-eastern states of Borno, Yobe, and Adamawa.
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