Gombe – Gunmen on Friday killed five persons and injured seven others at the Bagadaza area of the Gombe metropolis in Gombe State.
A source said that the gunmen came to the place and met the victims playing cards at about 4 p.m. shot at at them and in the process killed five instantly.
The source said that the injured, including a policeman attached to Government House, Gombe, had been taken to the Federal Medical Centre (FMC), Gombe for treatment.
At the hospital at about 6.30 p.m., the injured were seen responding to treatment at the Accident and Emergency Unit of the hospital.
The incident drew the attention of scores of relations of the victims who trooped to the hospital to know the fate of their their relations.
A wife to one of the injured persons, Mrs Kate Philibus, told NAN that she was called and informed that her husband had been shot and was at the FMC.
“I was not there, they called and informed me that he has been shot on the arm and I am just arriving,” she said.
A father to one of the survivors, Mr Bulus Chiroma, told newsmen that her daughter who worked at a provision store in Gombe was lucky to have entered a house when the gunmen arrived.
He said that although his daughter was also among the victims conveyed to the centre, she however, safe.
A policeman on condition of anonymity said that residents of the area stopped security personnel from conveying the corpses to their respective homes.
According to him, the people insisted that they must see either the commissioner of police or the governor of the state, Alhaji Ibrahim Dankwambo before releasing the bodies.
Contacted, the Commissioner of Police in the state, Mr Mohammed Sule, confirmed the incident.
He said that he was waiting for the details of the incident from the Divisional Police Officer (DPO) in charge of the area.
“It is unfortunate though I have not gotten the real details. It is in one slum. I am just returning and I have asked the DPO to come and tell me what happened,” he said.