Boko Haram gjennomførte et omfattende og grusomt angrep i den historiske byen Kano fredag. En nigeriansk avis sier 215 ble drept og fremdeles har man ikke full oversikt.
Avisen Leadership har en masse detaljer fra angrepene, men mangler overblikket. Nigeria virker å være kaotisk. Når 13 bomber eksploderer blir det ikke lettere.
Boko Haram virker målbevisste, og svært brutale. De tar ikke hensyn.
Bakgrunnen for angrepene er at medlemmer av Boko Haram er arrestert. Det vil de ha slutt på. Derfor var angrepene rettet mot politiet, men også en kjent skole ble rammet.
Gruppen er utstudert. Den troppet opp i politiuniformer og sa de hadde fått ordre om å føre politisjefens familie i sikkerhet.
An eye-witness told LEADERSHIP SUNDAY how the sect members engaged security operatives in a shoot-out after their attempt to take them into hostage, the family members of the Assistant Inspector General of Police, (AIG), Zone One, Abubakar Muhammed. The AIG’s Personal Assistant PA and his driver were killed in the shoot-out.
It was revealed that the Boko Haram members, disguised as police officers had visited the AIG’s residence and requested to take the family members into protective custody following the confusion in the city. The security men at the gate of the AIG were said to have smelt a rat and refused them entrance.
“As they came to the house, they were all in police uniform but one of the security guards suspected their plan and declined to cooperate with them. They said they came to the residence and wanted to go along with the family members on the orders of the AIG and said they would give them adequate protection”, our source disclosed.
The security guards were said to have objected to their request insisting on hearing directly from the AIG. “As the guards refused to cave in, one of the Boko Haram members said let one of the security men speak with the AIG to get them convinced but they refused the entreatise,” the source added.
LEADERSHIP SUNDAY learnt that while the disagreement was going on, the sect members suddenly brought out their weapons and started shooting at the guards. The Personal Assistant and the AIG’s driver who ran from the AIG’s office to give cover to his family were killed. Two other security men were also killed during the shoot-out.
AIG ESCAPED IN Keke-NAPEP
When the merchants of death came calling at the headquarters of the Zone One of the Nigeria Police Force last Friday, they knew that the AIG in-charge was right in his office within the premises. As the bomb exploded and the massive building began to shake, the AIG’s orderly swiftly moved in and grabbed his boss. They practically jumped down from the one storey building and scaled the fence from behind.
An eyewitness told LEADERSHIP SUNDAY that the AIG’s shirt was bloodied.
“Once they scaled the fence, they ran to a tarred road that passed by the office from behind and flagged down a Keke-NAPEP, popularly called A Daidaita Sahu in Kano.
By then, about five other officers had joined them, and they all squeezed into the small vehicle and drove straight to the Police Divisional Office in Sharada. No sooner had they arrived than they were informed that the police station could also be targeted by Boko Haram, and they left for the residence of a retired police commissioner – a member of Kano royal family, Alhaji S. K Bayero. It was there that first aid was administered the AIG and the other officers that went with him, after which they were ferried to safety.
Boko Haram er organisert, og har flere strenger å spille på. Før angrepet ble det funnet flyeblad utenfor moskeer, der gruppen forklarte hvorfor den gikk til angrep.
Excerpts From the Boko Haram Letter To Kano People and authorities:
“Everybody knows that a lot of our people were killed in Kano State, especially in Wudil town. We had perfected plans to take revenge but some notable scholars intervened by pleading with us. They also assured that our members would never be persecuted again and we took them by their words. Unfortunately however, about five months ago, security agencies began trailing and arresting our members who are carrying out their legitimate businesses, alleging that they were thieves and armed robbers.
The statement was signed personally by Imam Muhammad Abubakar Shekau, leader of the group.
A female police source said she saw many corpses being evacuated from the Bompai police barracks to various hospitals. An assistant Inspector of Police was killed in the compound while another officer was killed inside a toilet. The female police personnel also said they took cover in one corner within the barracks not knowing the place was so crowded with dead persons, saying the entire barracks was thrown into confusion as almost every person was mourning the loss of his or her loved ones.
It was learnt that the high casualties inside the barracks followed another onslaught on the police personnel and their families in the night by Boko Haram members who were said to have worn police uniforms to gain easy access into the huge compound.
A resident of Tudun Wada area that shares boundary with the barracks said the death toll recorded as at yesterday morning rose to more than 50, saying most of those killed were passersby.