Two senior police officers have been killed by gunmen in Garki Local Government Area of Jigawa State in northwestern Nigeria.
State police spokesman DSP Abdu Jinjiri told the BBC that the incident took place on Friday when the officers ambushed their officers at a Fulani village in the area.
DSP Jinjiri said they managed to kill one of the attackers in an exchange of fire that followed the attack.
Police officers killed included a DSP and SP officer and injured another recruiter, according to him.
He also confirmed that they had launched an attack on the militants following the abduction of a Sule Lamido University student in the state, who he said was abducted by the attackers.
Less than a week ago, gunmen killed a policeman and abducted a student identified as Zainab Isa Zakari in Maigatari Local Government Area on Monday.
“After some intelligence, we found out that there were hideouts of kidnappers in Kargo town in Garki Local Government Area, who apologized to the Gumel Kingdom,” said DSP Jinjiri.
“That is why the Gumel police station organized a raid on December 25 at midnight and raided the area.
“Unfortunately the assailants opened fire on the police from their hiding place, which led to the shootings. The assailants killed two senior police officers and injured a minor. The police also killed one of the in evil. “
Kidnappers have been on the rise in the northwestern states in recent days, with a wealthy man abducted on Tuesday in Minjibir , Kano State, after setting fire to a police vehicle.