Nigeria's air force officer, driver killed



Gun men believed to be members of the Boko Haram sect have shot dead an orderly to a Nigerian air force officer and his driver, on the outskirts of Kano.

The assailants were on motor-cycle when they attacked the two men, at an area called Yan-Lemo today.

Air Commodore Sani Ahmed, a spokesman for the air force confirmed the attack and said a probe has begun.

He also clarified that the officer was not in the car at the time of the attack.

“A car of one of our officers came under attack this morning,” Air Commodore Sani Ahmed said.

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“The officer’s driver and his orderly were travelling out of town, but as they reached an area called Yan-Lemo, two gunmen on a motorcycle opened fire on the car, killing the two personnel.”

In a similar incident earlier in the day, two gunmen on a motorcycle shot dead two people outside their house in a nearby neighourhood, said police spokesman Rilwanu Dutse.

A police source said the victims were Igbo.

Boko Haram has carried out scores of bombings and shootings in their insurgency in the north of Africa’s most populous nation that has left hundreds dead.

Kano, the commercial capital of Northern Nigeria, had experienced many attacks from the militant wing of the Islamic Boko Haram sect. On 20 January this year, close to 200 people were killed in multiple attacks by gunmen and bombers on the city.

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