Rundunar ‘yan sanda reshen jihar Benuwe ta ce‘ yan fashin da suka yi shigar burtu kamar masu siye sun kashe mutum daya tare da jikkata mutum tara a Kasuwar Abaji, da ke karamar Hukumar Katsina-ala a ranar Laraba.
Jami’in hulda da jama’a na rundunar ‘yan sanda ta jihar (PPRO), DSP Catherine Anene, ce ta bayyana hakan a cikin wata sanarwa da aka bayar ga manema labarai a Makurdi, a ranar Alhamis.
Anene ta ce ‘yan fashin wadanda suka yi shigar burtu kamar wadanda suka sayi kaya sun shigo kasuwar ne da misalin karfe 6:30 na yamma a ranar Laraba kuma suka fara harbi lokaci-lokaci.
“Da misalin karfe 6:30 na yamma na ranar Laraba, yayin da‘ yan kasuwa ke rufe daga Kasuwar Abaji a cikin garin Katsina-ala, ‘yan fashin da suka yi shigar burtu kamar‘ yan kasuwa sun fara harbin kan mai uwa da wabi.
“An harbe mutum daya a cikin harin yayin da wasu tara suka ji rauni.
“Hadin gwiwar ‘yan sanda da sauran jami’an tsaro sun mayar da wuta sannan suka fatattaki’ yan ta’addan zuwa dajin tare da raunin harbin bindiga inda aka kafa wata kungiyar bincike don tabbatar da cewa an cafke su,” inji ta.
Anene ya kara da cewa an ijiye gawar mamacin a dakin ijiye gawarwaki yayin da wadanda suka jikkata ke karbar kulawa a Babban Asibitin Katsina-Ala.
He said, “The gunmen camouflaged in military uniform and I think why they did that is because there is a curfew in this area and only security men are allowed to ride on motorcycles.
“So they camouflaged in army uniform and rode on motorcycles into Abaji market between 4:00 and 5:00 pm and started shooting sporadically.
“But troops of Operation Whirl Stroke who were on patrol of the area were quickly alerted and they responded to a distress call and repelled the gunmen.
“The troops overpowered the bandits with superior firepower, following which two of the bandits were eliminated by the troops while others escaped with gunshot wounds.
“One of the troops was injured during the encounter.
The council chairman commended the efforts of the military for their prompt response to repel the gunmen.
When contacted on the telephone, the Police Public Relations Officer, DSP Catherine Anene, said she was yet to be briefed on the matter.
“Sorry, I’m waiting for the report of the incidence. I will get back to you once I get the report,” Anene said.
The force commander of OPWS, Major General Adeyemi Yekini, could not be reached when our correspondent called.