Kano - The Kano State Police Command said the Joint Security Task Force (JTF) killed 17 gunmen and arrested three others when the insurgents attacked security formations in the state on Tuesday.
The Commissioner of Police in Kano State, Alhaji Ibrahim Idris, gave the figures, while briefing newsmen in Kano on Wednesday
Idris said that three assault rifles, 220 live ammunition and large quantity of drugs and syringes were recovered from the attackers.
He the security agents had also defused 14 Improvised Explosive Devices (IED) planted by the assailants.
He said the security operatives recovered five motor vehicles, three motorcycles and N100,000 cash in one of the vehicles abandoned by the gunmen.
``On Tuesday in the evening some extremists launched sporadic attacks with bombs and assault rifles on Dala Police Division, Panshekara Division, Jakara Police barracks, and 52 Squadron, Challawa,” Idris said.
According to him, the extremists, who were about 30 in number attacked the police on duty with assault rifles and IEDs and the policemen gallantly repelled the attacks.
The commissioner said that 10 of the gunmen were killed and three others arrested at Dala Division.
He, however, added that a policeman, Corporal Saidu Umar, was killed by the attackers, who also injured Sgt. Baba Williams on his left arm.
At the Jakara Police Barracks, he said, the gunmen threw explosives at a disused police out-post, and shattered part of the structure, but policemen on guard killed two of the attackers.
Idris also said the “extremists had attempted to attack Goron Dutse Prison Yard, but the men on duty repelled the attack with no loss of life or property''.
He said that another group of extremists attacked 52 Squadron and Panshekara Police Division around 20.30 hours, but both attacks were repelled.
He said that five gunmen were killed, while another suspected extremist was killed at a private residence in Sabuwar Abuja, in Panshekara where explosives went off.
Idris further said that some explosives went off in a classroom at Sabuwar Doka Junior Secondary School in a suburb of Ungogo Local Government Area of Kano, around 20.00 hrs, but that there was no loss of life or injury.