A Chinese nationale who is an engineer with CGC construction firm handling the dualization of Lagos street and three others were yesterday shot dead in separate attacks by gunmen in Maiduguri, the Borno state capital. This brings to two Chinese nationals that were shot dead in Maiduguri, the other one was shot dead in Gubio council area two weeks ago.
The incident is coming barely 24 hours when some gunmen suspected to be terrorists attacked Potiskum town on Thursday which led to the killing of one policeman including 10 others after the multiple explosion and shootings between terrorists and men of the Joint Task Force (JTF) where scores were killed while others sustained various degree of injuries.
Also at about 11am, there was an exchange of gun fire on Thursday around 505 Abbagana Terab Housing Estate in Ruwan Zafi along Maiduguri-Gamboru Ngala road between men of the JTF and some gunmen which led to the killing of over six people whose identities could not be ascertained as at the time of going to Press, while two soldiers sustained gunshot injuries, even as an Improvised Explosive Device (IED) targeted at the JTF personnel exploded in Hausari ward a minutes after Juma’at prayer.
Although it will not be officially confirmed on whether their is a casualty after the blast which later followed with sporadic gunshots in some nearby wards of Gwange, Shehuri, Post office and Bullabulin of Maiduguri metropolis, an eye witness who does not want his name mentioned in the print said he saw one of the JTF patrol vehicle with over 5 dead bodies being conveyed to an undisclosed hospital.
In a separate attack, some gunmen suspected to be terrorists attacked EYN Church (Church of Brethren in Nigeria) in Atagara village of Gwoza council area of Borno. State, killing two people and set the entire church ablaze. The killing of the Chinese nationals our Correspondent gathered took place at about 10am when the gunmen trailed him and shot him dead at his duty post in Gidan Madara Lagos street.
Our Correspondent who visited the area along Lagos street saw that all the construction equipement and heavy duty machines along the street have been evacuated to their camp (CGC Camp) along Damaturu- Maiduguri road.
Confirming the killing of the Lagos street construction engineer, the Information Officer, Borno state Ministry of Works and Transport, Alhaji Babakura Bukar told newsmen that one of the Chinese Construction workers handling the busy Lagos street was shot dead by suspected gunmen. He said, the remains of the Chinese national have been deposited at the University of Maiduguri Teaching Hospital mortuary.
Also, Confirming the separate attacks and killings in Potiskum town of Yobe state, the state Commissioner of Police, Mr. Patrick Egbunewe said that some suspected Boko Haram sect members again launched an attack on Potiskum town at about 4pm on Thursday. Egbunewe however did not give further details on whether there was a casualty recorded in the second attack.
Likewise, a JTF source in Maiduguri told our Correspondent on phone that at about 1050 hours behind 505 Housing Estate , some suspected Boko Haram sect attacked one of the JTF post and injured two soldiers.
He said the JTF personnel immediately responded by repelling the attack which led to the killing of two of the suspected gunmen and the recovery two AK 47 rifles.
In another incident, the source added that at about 11:15 hours yesterday at Atagara village in Gwoza council area, some suspected terrorists drove to the area in gulf saloon car and attacked EYN Church and burnt it, before they killed two persons and inflicted gunshot injuries on two other persons.