Soldiers kill suspected Islamist in Adamawa

Soldiers yesterday shot dead a suspected Islamist and wounded another in Song, Adamawa State, an army spokesman has said.

The nearby Gombi town was the scene of a terror attack last week during which 16 people were killed in attacks on police stations and banks.

“Two motorcycle-riding gunmen ran into the soldiers in the town of Song, 50 kilometres (30 miles) north of Yola and engaged them in a shootout,” said Lieutenant Colonel Idachaba Idu, spokesman for an army division in Jos overseeing Adamawa State.

Idu said one of the gunmen suspected of belonging to the notorious Boko Haram sect was killed in the shootout while the other was shot and captured.

“An AK-47 riffle with 17 rounds of ammunition and a motorcycle were recovered from the suspects,” he told AFP.

Boko Haram is an Islamist sect that was behind deadly attacks in the north including last Friday’s bombing of the UN building in Abuja that left 23 dead.

Last week, gunmen attacked two police stations and banks in Gombi, 100 kilometres north of Yola, killing 16 people including seven policemen and a soldier and carting away large sums of money and ammunitions.

In a conference call with journalists in Maiduguri, where Boko Haram has been most active, a spokesman claimed the sect was behind the attacks but authorities in the state maintained armed robbers were responsible.