A German, Raupach Edgar, and four others were killed in Kano, during a shootout between military men of the Joint Task Force (JTF) and the dreaded sect, Boko Haram.
According to a statement by the JTF, intelligence report indicated that the leadership of what was termed “terrorists elements” were meeting in an enclave near the Bayero University, Kano, hence, the decision to launch an attack.
The statement said the troop that went on the mission was attacked and engaged in a gun duel by the “terrorist elements” for over 30 minutes.
By the time the smoke cleared, five persons, including the German, were confirmed dead.
The statement reads, “at the early hours of yesterday morning, precisely at about 0635 hours, based on intelligence of an ongoing meeting of senior commanders of the terrorists elements, the JTF raided an enclave near Bayero University Kano new site, where the terrorists senior commanders were meeting.
“On sighting the security forces, the terrorist elements opened fire and threw Improvised Explosive Devises on the security forces. The security forces responded immediately resulting in a gun duel that lasted for about thirty minutes. During the encounter five of the terrorists were killed.
“Upon search of the premises, the security forces, found the handcuffed gruesomely murdered corpse of an expatriate, later identified as the German national, Mr Egder, who was kidnapped since January 26 2012 along Zaria bye pass, Kano. The German was apparently killed by the terrorists on noticing the security forces.
“During a further search of the terrorists’ hideout, the security forces recovered two AK 47 rifles, huge quantity of ammunition, 36 hand grenade and Improvised Explosive Devices stored by the terrorists for possible attack against innocent persons and security personnel.
“The JTF would want to reassure members of the international community and the general public of the determination of the security forces to protect lives and properties of law abiding citizens. We also continue to thank the good people of Kano for their co-operation by providing prompt information to the security agencies bordering on public safety.”
Edgar was abducted on January 26, 2012 by two gun men at the site of his employers, Dantata and Sawoe, along the Zaria-Kano Expressway.