Prison officer car-bombed by suspected Boko Haram men in Maiduguri, Borno State

On 26 May, gunmen suspected to be members of the radical Islamist group, Boko Haram, killed an un-named prison officer at a private school where he had gone to pick his children after school hours, in Maiduguri, Borno State.

The incident occurred around 1pm in front of the Innovative Private School at Bolori area of the city. Local sources said the prison warder had driven in his official car to the school along Baga road and was in the process of taking his children home, when the killers struck. Numbering about three, they arrived at the school on two motorcycles, after probably trailing him from his office. The officer had already picked up his three children, but his assailants ordered the kids out of the car.

Initial reports had said the attackers first shot him and then set the car and his body ablaze. But the Borno state prison comptroller, Usman Maina Kaina, along with some witnesses said the gunmen locked the officer inside his car, and then blew the car up with an explosive device. The blast sent many people in the area running for their dear lives, while the car went up in flames.

The Public Relations Officer (PPRO) of the Borno State Police Command, Assistant Superintendent of Police (ASP) Lawan Abdullahi, confirmed the incident to newsmen, repeating earlier calls to the public to be vigilant.

About four prison officials have been killed in Maiduguri this month (May 2011). Security authorities believe they were all killed by Boko Haram.

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Posted on May 27, 2011, in MAJOR CRIME, NORTHERN VIOLENCE and tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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