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Gunmen Attack Presidential Convoy in Katsina, Two Injured

The President was safely taken to his home town from the place of attack

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Hamzat Ibrahim Abaga
Hamzat Ibrahim Abaga
Hamzat Ibrahim Abaga is a graduate of Mass Communication and aspiring investigative journalist.

NIGERIA. KASTINA STATE: A group of people suspected to be gunmen have attacked the convoy of President Mohammadu Buhari heading to Daura, Katsina state for the occasion of the Islamic Eid-el-Kabir festival leading to the injury of two people. President’s spokesperson Garba Shehu has confirmed the attack.

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Shehu added by describing the incident as “sad and unwelcome”. Saying that the attack happened close to Dostinma, Katsina stated when the advance team of security personnel protocol, and media officers accompanied Buhari to Daura, his home town.

The gunmen opened fire on the convoy from the ambush side but with the help of the military, police and the Department of State Service (DSS) quickly responded by opening fire at the criminals back to disperse them. Two persons in the convoy are receiving treatment for minor injuries sustained during the attack. All the other personnel, staff and vehicles made it safely to Daura, Shehu said.

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Katsina is one of the states most affected by banditry. Hundreds of people have been killed, thousands kidnapped and many displaced in the state as a result of the continued issue of banditry.

Other states that are suffering from similar banditry attacks include Sokoto, Zamfara and Kaduna, and Niger and Kaduna states.

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Two Policemen killed in Katsina 

An assistant commissioner of Police, Aminu Umar and a police officer were confirmed to have died as gunmen ambush a team of police on patrol in Dutsinma the same day Buhari’s convoy was attacked.

According to the Police Spokesperson in the state, Gambo Isah, Umar and his team were on a “clearance operation” when they were ambushed by “terrorists numbering over 300 on motorcycles, shooting sporadically with AK-47 rifles and General-Purpose Machine Guns.”

However, it could be recalled that in 2014 convoy of Buhari was caught in an explosion that rocked Kaduna state. Buhari escaped unhurt in the explosion that occurred in the busy Kawo market area of the city, however, three of his security aides were injured.

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