by Chi Ibe
Yesterday, YNaija reported the death of another foreign worker after an unsuccessful Joint Task Force, JTF raid. Raufach Edgar, a German working with Dantata and Sawoe construction in Kano was kidnapped in the city on January 26.
More facts emerged last night on the circumstances that led to Edgar’s killing during a crossfire between security operatives and his abductors at the Kano hide-out of the terrorists.
ThisDay reports that apart from Edgar, four other persons lost their lives in the shoot-out. ThisDay checks revealed that the German might have been hurriedly killed by the terrorists who had fallen under a heavy bombardment of the security forces that had traced them to their hideout at the Danbare Quarters, opposite Bayero University Kano (BUK).
“Upon search of the premises, the security forces found the handcuffed, gruesomely murdered corpse of an expatriate, later identified as the German national, Mr. Edgar, 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,” spokesman of the Joint Military Task Force (JTF), Lt. Ikedichi Iweha said.
It was further gathered that the terrorists, who were holding their “Sura Council” meeting (described as the highest decision-making organ) that had in attendance – their commanders and strategists – had their gathering cut short, when the security operatives swooped on them.
It was also learnt that, on seeing the military operatives, the terrorists opened fire that triggered what a source called an “equally high-calibre” response of fire by the operatives.
The JTF spokesman said in a press statement that: “At the early hours of this morning, Thursday, 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.”
He further explained: “On sighting the security forces, the terrorist elements opened fire and threw improvised explosive devises (IEDs) on the security forces. The security forces responded immediately resulting in a gun duel that lasted for about 30 minutes. During the encounter five of the terrorists were killed.
“During a further search of the terrorists’ hideout, they recovered two AK- 47 rifles, huge quantity of ammunition, 36 hand grenade and improvised explosive devices stored by the terrorists for possible attacks against innocent persons and security personnel.”
A witness told ThisDay that sounds of heavy gunshots were heard in the area during the raid, while corpses of the terrorists were taken away in military vehicles.