Gunmen suspected to be bandit terrorists have reportedly killed an Assistant Commissioner of Police, Aminu Umar.
Umar’s life was cut shot by the terrorists during a deadly ambush in Katsina State on Tuesday, Naija News understands.
Reports obtained by this news platform confirmed that the deceased and his team members were ambushed while on a clearance operation in Zakka forest, Safana Local Government Area of the state.
The police personnel and his colleagues were said to have confronted the bandits who faced them at a village called Yauni in the Zakka district of Safana.
“Our vigilantes here told us that there will be a combined team of policemen with vigilantes from Kurfi heading to Yauni village to face bandits and they joined the team,” a source told Daily Trust.
The source added: “Later we heard that there was a fatal crash and some police officers and some vigilantes were shot by the bandits.
“However, about seven military vehicles have reinforced in the area; we later saw some police vehicles conveying some bodies but I could not identify the corpses because I was not close to them.”
The deceased was until his death the Area Commander of Police in Dutsinma.
Commenting on the incident, SP Gambo Isah, Police Public Relations Officer in Katsina, said Umar died in a battle the police had with over 300 bandits.
According to him, one other person died in the incident, but he did not disclose the identity of the other victim, Naija News reports.
Isah said: “Today at about 1130hrs, a distress call was received that terrorists numbering over 300, on motorcycles, shooting sporadically with AK 47 rifles and General Purpose Machine Guns (GPMG), ambushed ACP Aminu Umar, Area Commander, Dutsinma and team, while on clearance operation of recalcitrant bandits/terrorists, in Zakka forest, Safana LGA of Katsina state.
“Consequently, the Area Commander and one other gallantly lost their lives during a cross-exchange of gunfire.
“The Commissioner of Police, CP Idrisu Dabban Dauda, on behalf of the officers and men of the Command expresses his deep sympathy to the family of the deceased and prays to Almighty Allah to repose their souls in Jannatul Firdausi.
“He reaffirms the Nigeria Police Force’s commitment to the ongoing onslaught against terrorism in the state until it is completely routed out, please,” he said in a statement.