From Femi Oyelola Kaduna
A police officer and a driver lost their lives when armed men numbering about 20 robbed commuters on the Abuja -Kaduna road yesterday.
Police Public Relations Officer of Kaduna state Police Command, ASP Mukhtar Aliyu, who confirmed the incident, said four other persons lost their lives while 10 others were injured in a car crash near the robbery scene
The armed men were said to have mounted a road block around Jere and were stopping vehicles traveling on the road as early as 6:00 am.
A team of Special Anti-Robbery Squad on patrol were said to have got wind of the operation and tried to stop the bandits when they were said to have opened fire and in the exchange, one of the police sergeants in the team was hit.
A driver of one of the vehicles stopped by the armed men was also caught by a stray bullet in the cause of the exchange of fire.
As the exchange of fire was going on, an accident was said to have occurred near the scene and four people lost their lives while 10 were injured.
The bodies of the accident victims and the two from the robbery attacks were rushed to a hospital nearby.
He said, “men of SARS were around the area when the robbery was going and they moved to the scene.
“One police officer was shot and a driver in one of the vehicles was shot in the cause of the cross fire.”
He said the police has commenced investigation into the case with a view to apprehending the hoodlums.