Bandits Kill Air Force Officers

Bandits went on rampage at Kwa town, near Kano, killing three officers of the Nigerian Air Force after a gun battle.

Officials of the Air Force and the police in Kano could however, not confirm whether the attack was carried out on the officers by the? religious group called Boko Haram or if it was just an armed attack on the victims.

Our correspondent gathered that the armed bandits went to the school in three different jeeps and over ran the security guards at the school premises, killed all of them and stole undisclosed items.

The incident, which took place at Air Force Comprehensive College, located 28 kilometers away from Kano City, according to an eyewitness, kept people wondering what was the mission of the assailants in the school that was opened for academic learning a year ago.

Our source disclosed that the bandits had to fire a number of gun shots to scare people away and later went into the school’s premises to overpower the security guards manning the premises.

The incident, which took place at around 8.00 pm, Thursday, resulted in the death of all the three officers posted by the Nigeria Air Force Base in Kano to man the school.

However, reports have shown that none of the students who were to vacate for their first term holiday sustained any injury as a result of the attack.

Our source, however, disclosed that some of the students who were still at the school premises had to run for safety to avoid the gunmen’s attack.

Eyewitnesses confirmed to our correspondent that none of the students was either killed or hurt in the attack that lasted over 30 minutes.?

Commandant, 303 Flying School in Kano, Air Commodore Ahmed Sani, later confirmed that the incident took place and two of the victims died on the spot, while the other victim died after being hospitalized. Another victim was at the intensive care of the Malam Aminu Kano Teaching Hospital.

He said the mission of the assailants was not immediately known, but pledged to give an update on the issue.

Efforts to reach the police on the issue for comments proved abortive, but sources at the police headquarters told our correspondent that a similar attack was carried out on a policeman around the area. He was shot and is now being hospitalized at the Malam Aminu Kano Teaching Hospital.?

A statement issued by Air Commodore Y Anas on behalf of the chief of air staff said no student was harmed during the incident.

Investigations into the incident have commenced. However, parents and guardians were reassured that the safety of their wards in the school was guaranteed, as extra measures were being put in place to prevent future occurrence.