The Kano State Police Command on Sunday averted planned attacks by members of the Boko Haram terrorist group and arrested five suspects who the command later claimed died from the wounds they sustained during a gun duel with policemen.
The state Police Commissioner, Mr. Rabiu Yusuf, said the suspects met their Waterloo at 02:00 am at their hideout in Gayawa village of Ungoggo Local Government Area where they were planning to attack various public places in the Kano metropolis.
Yusuf also revealed that three police officers sustained various degrees of injuries from some improvised explosive devices that went off during the shootout with the suspects.
The injured policemen are receiving treatment at a Kano hospital, he added.
Yusuf said one of the suspects who escaped with gunshot wounds during the operation was a dismissed Nigerian Air Force officer who is now at large.
The suspects were Abba Muhammad from Niger Republic (20), Usman A. Buhari (23) who hailed from Borno State, and Illiasu Abdullahi (46) of Gezawa Local Government Area of Kano State.
The two females were Aisha Yau (25) and Ladidi Yunusa (27) both of Kwana Hudu quarters in Nassarawa Local Government area of Kano State.
All five, he added, died from the injuries they sustained during the gun duel.