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Fresh explosions rock Kano, Damaturu

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By AbdulSalam Muhammad, with agency report

KANO—  A Series of explosions were reported in Goron Dutse, Dala Local Government Area of Kano State and Sabon Fegi area of Damaturu, capital of Yobe State last night .

The blasts were followed by sporadic gunshots, witnesses said.

Sources said  unknown gunmen attacked Dala Police Station close to  Sheik Isyaku Rabiu’s residence in Kano.

Some reports indicated that the gunfight spread to Sharada quarters in Kano. Police sources stated that militants were being chased on a highway linking Dala and Sharada area.

Gunmen attacked the station during the evening rush hour as witnesses confirmed explosion amid sporadic shooting forcing residents passers-by to scamper for safety

The shooting was still on by 7:pm. Some  residents were reportedly scared stiff and remained in their homes. Some of them said: “It appeared we were trapped in a war here, with volley of bullets and intermitent explosions being the order of the day.”

Security officials in the city did not pick their calls even as feelers from the area suggested heavy presence of Military Joint Task Force, JTF, operatives who had cordoned off the troubled spot.

Kano State police spokesperson, Mohammed Dutse, confirmed there was a “problem” in the area.

He said efforts was being made to reach the Divisioal Police Officer to verify the position on the ground.

In Damaturu, the Sabon Fegi area,  just metres away from the Government House, was under bomb and gun attacks from 6:pm despite a curfew imposed on the city, following a similar siege last week.

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