At least three persons have been killed in Kano when unknown gunmen riding on a motorbike opened fire around public square known as ‘Kwanan Freedom radio’ in Sharada area of Kano city into a group of card players.
A fourth person sustained serious injuries and has been rushed to the hospital.
This is coming just a few hours to the commencement of the Muslim Ramadan fasting.
Also, a constabulary police officer narrowly escaped death but sustained gunshot wounds and has also been taken to an unknown hospital, soaked in blood.
The Kano State police command spokesperson has officially confirmed the killings, while a security operative in the area said several residents have gone into hiding to avoid falling victim of the crossfire that ensures after such the attacks.
“I can confirm that three people, including a police constable, were shot dead by four unknown gunmen riding on two motorcycles at an abandoned factory in Sharada industrial area of Kano,” said the state police spokesman Rilwanu Dutse.
Dutse said that the gunmen drove into the factory at 5:40 pm (1640 GMT) and shot dead their victims.
“Two died on the spot while the third person died in the hospital. The police have deployed in the area in search of the hitmen,” he said.
No group has claimed responsibility of the attack.
It was unclear who the assailants were, but the shooting was similar to a wave of attacks blamed on Islamist group Boko Haram, which has been waging an insurgency focused in Nigeria’s mainly Muslim north.