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Policeman killed in fresh Jos skirmish

02-16-2011 17:08 BJT

JOS, Nigeria, Feb. 16 (Xinhua) -- A policeman was killed in a fresh skirmish in Nigeria's northcentral Jos on Tuesday with many other people injured in the attack, police authorities announced in the Plateau capital.

State commissioner of police Abdulrahaman Akano said one mobile police officer (Mopol) was killed in a fresh skirmish that occurred at the Terminus area of Jos.

Akano told reporters in Jos that the officer was attacked around midday by some hoodlums, four of whom had been arrested with knives and chemicals.

"There were other persons that sustained various degrees of injuries during the attack, which caused stampede within the Terminus area," he said.

"It is unfortunate that the area boys disturbed the peace of Jos metropolis at a time our Moslem brothers are celebrating Maulud," the police chief added.

He said normalcy had returned to the metropolis and that security had been beefed up in the area to checkmate the excesses of the hoodlums.

The commissioner appealed to politicians in the state to ensure that peace reigned in the state during President Goodluck Jonathan' s visit to Plateau on Thursday.

The dead policeman reportedly tried to attack one of the criminals who allegedly stabbed him and another launched several stabs on him which led to his death.

The chaos caused human and vehicular stampede as they rammed into each other, while shop owners struggled to safeguard their wares from hoodlums, who took advantage of the confusion.

It was reported that virtually all shops and business centers were under locked and key, thereby paralyzing business activities in the metropolis for the remaining part of the day.Consequently, there was heavy presence of stern looking and heavily armed security operatives.

A military spokesperson Charles Ekeocha described the breach of security situation as disturbing.

"I am not sure of the cause of the stampede, but I was told somebody raised a false alarm, sending fears into the people who got confused and misinterpreted it to be another fresh crisis," he added.

"There is nothing much besides the alleged death of a mobile police officer. My officers are in the area right now, everything is okay in the area and everywhere is calm," Ekeocha told reporters.

The spokesperson called on the public to ignore the rumor and go about their normal duties, while assuring that STF and the police are on top of the situation.

Editor:Du Xiaodan |Source: Xinhua

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