Abuja - Mayhem has broken in Bauchi State where police and members of the local youth vigilante group have engaged unknown gunmen in battle.
The clashes in the town of Tafawa Balewa left several people, mostly the attackers and youth, dead.
According to Haruna Mohammed, Police Public Relations Officer in the state, the gunmen came in a convoy of 18 vehicles and started firing sporadically in different directions.
Mohammed said Joint Police and local vigilante group in the town, who got wind of the approaching hoodlums, engaged them into a fierce gun battle which forced them to abandon some vehicles mounted with anti aircraft machine guns and retreated back towards Bununu after sustaining heavy casualties.
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He added that rampaging youth in the town, numbering over 3 000, burnt four corpses of the attackers and the recovered Hilux vehicles.
The police spokesman said some hoodlums went back to Jitar village in Bauchi Local Government Area and killed three male vigilante members in Jitar village.
“Police detectives attached to Township Division visited the scene and evacuated the victims to the ATBU Teaching Hospital Bauchi for postmortem examination,” said Mohammed.
He said the entire surrounding has been cordoned off by combined security forces and intensive patrol was ongoing to flush out fleeing miscreants.
- CAJ News