Tuesday, July 31, 2012

Gunmen kill one at VP Sambo’s house

The family house of the Vice-President Namadi Sambo in Tundun-Wada, Zaria, Kaduna State, on Monday came under attack from gunmen on motorcycles, injuring the two mobile policemen guarding the house and killing a shoe cobbler.

 The cobbler was attending to one of the mobile policemen when the gunmen attacked. He died on the spot. The attack on the VP house occurred at 11 o’clock in the morning.

 The VP’s house had remained uninhabited by the VP family since it was attacked during the 2011 post-election violence in Kaduna State.

 In a related development, suspected suicide bombers launched attacks on the office of the Assistant Inspector-General of Police in charge of Zone 10 in Sokoto, Muhtari Ibrahim, and a shop owned by the Police Officer Wives’ Association, adjacent to the Unguwar Rogo police station, Marina, Sokoto.

Dead victims of the Sokoto attacks included a hairdresser, a policeman, and the two suspected bombers.

 Ibrahim confirmed the attack on his office and the death of a policeman, a Corporal; and the suicide bomber. He said eight policemen and a civilian were injured as a result of the attack.

 The AIG said that five offices and other parts of the one-storey building, the gate, and some neighbouring houses were shattered. The official car of the police chief was also reportedly damaged.

 He was quoted by the News Agency of Nigeria as saying that the suicide bomber who attacked his office drove a Honda Accord car and forced his way into the premises after he was denied entry.

 Ibrahim said that only the dead suicide bomber was in the vehicle, adding that investigations would continue on the development.

He asked members of the public to provide security agencies with useful information to curb the trend.

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