Sounds of bomb blasts and several gun shots scared residents of Tinshama in Otoro, Taurani Local Government Area of Kano State, Northwest Nigeria, this morning.
The crossfire started at about 5 a.m. and lasted till about 6.30 a.m. this morning.
According to one of the residents, “We woke up this morning disturbed by sounds like bombshell which sounded for about five times. They were followed with several gun shots.
“As I talk to you now, most residents including myself have fled the area,” a resident who refused to disclose his name told our correspondent.
A military source later told the AFP that the militants had thrown explosives and fired at a Nigerian military checkpoint on Wednesday, igniting the gunbattle, the reverbrations which were heard all over the city, where attacks in January killed 185.
“Our checkpoint …came under attack this morning by gunmen believed to be members of Boko Haram,” a military source told AFP.
“The soldiers repelled the attack and arrested four suspects” in the wake of the dawn assault that shook the northern city still trying to recover from the January 20 deadly bomb-and-gun assault.
Kano State military spokesman Iweha Ikedichi confirmed the arrest of “four suspected members of Boko Haram” in the Tinshama area of the city but refused to give further details.
Security forces cordoned off the area for several hours after the attack.
Soldiers later drove around the neighbourhood shooting into the air and arrested the four suspects.