Gombe State Police Command yesterday confirmed report of a shootout that resulted in the death of three Policemen on duty and some civilians at about 7:50pm in state capital on Saturday.
The Command’s Spokesman, Deputy Superintendent of Police, Fwaje Atajiri who confirmed the incident said they had launched investigation into the matter, but arrests were yet to be made.
He said the incident took place at Buba Shongo Area of the state capital at the residents of some expatriates working in the state where the Policemen where on duty.
His words, “There was a shootout at an area of Buba Shongo where some expatriates are staying. The shootout took about 35 minutes and in the course of the shootout; we lost three of our Policemen. There was another person that died and another civilian.
“The other (Police) one put up a spirited fight to repel them, ensured none of the riffles got lost and some of them escaped with bullets wounds.
“It was a very strong attack, but we gave an equally strong response; and of course that was why they attackers could not lay hands on any our weapons or take any property within the area”.
He said the other person that died could be a member of the gang because they came in by foot and were shooting sporadically.
He declined comments on the likely perpetrators and their probable aim, saying that would amount to pre-empting the investigators.
He nevertheless assured that they “will definitely get to the root of the matter and get back to the press”.
A source close to the scene in his account said six persons, including three Policemen, one security guard in the compound, the generator operator and a passer-by died in the shootout.
One of the sources said the assailants accessed the compound by climbing over the fence while another said they were allowed in through the gate as they pretended to be normal guests, only to open fire from a close range, using AK 47 riffles.
It was gathered that the expatriates, five in number proceeded on Christmas and New Year break on Thursday and four left for their country via Kano International Airport on Saturday while the only one left went out during the incident but had since relocated to an undisclosed hotel.
Meanwhile, the State Police Command has assured the people of Gombe state of robust policing during the festive periods and called for calm.
The Police Public Relations Officer, PPRO, Fwaje Atajiri said measures have been put in place and operational strategies mapped out to ensure no criminal element takes advantage of the period.
He also warned anyone with criminal intentions to reconsider their decisions as the Police would be all out for them.

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