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4 Palestinian gunmen killed at Gaza border, says Israeli army

4 Palestinian gunmen killed at Gaza border, says Israeli army
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Written by Maritime First

…As Police arrest Inspector, begins investigation into killing of bus driver on Kaduna-Abuja highway***

The Israeli army said it killed four Palestinian gunmen at the Gaza Strip border.

The military said on Twitter that the gunmen had approached the tightly secured border fence to Israel on Saturday.

The Israeli soldiers reportedly opened fire after one of the men crossed the border fence.

The army said that the Palestinians were armed with Kalashnikov AK-47 assault rifles, bazookas and hand grenades.

During the incident, a hand grenade was thrown at the soldiers, but there were no injuries on the Israeli side, the army added.

The incident took place on the border with the southern part of Gaza.

Twelve years ago, Israel tightened a blockade on the Palestinian coastal area, a blockade which is now also supported by Egypt.

Both countries justify the measure with security interests.

The EU, Israel and the U.S. classify Hamas, which governs in Gaza, as a terrorist organization.

Hamas violently seized control of the Gaza Strip in 2007 and insists on the destruction of Israel.

Under the mediation of Egypt, however, Israel and Hamas recently agreed to a ceasefire.

In protests against the blockade, more than 300 Palestinians have been killed and thousands more injured since the end of March 2018, according to the Ministry of Health in Gaza.

Around 2 million people live in difficult conditions in the coastal strip.

In the meantime, the Commissioner of Police Kaduna State Command, Mr Ali Janga has ordered immediate investigation into the death of a bus driver reportedly shot to death by a policeman on Friday along Kaduna-Abuja expressway.

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The Command Public Relation Officers DSP Yakubu Sabo said in a press statement issued on Friday in Kaduna.

The Commissioner said the Inspector involved in the incident has been arrested and proper investigation would be conducted into the circumstances of the killing.

Janga commiserated with family of the deceased and assured them and members of public that the Command will ensure that justice is done on the matter.

He called for calm and pleaded with the Drivers Unions not to take law into their hands by causing further road blockade as such measure will only add difficulties to the public.

The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that drivers of articulated vehicles had blocked the Abuja-Kaduna highway for six hours in protest over the killing.

The bus driver was on his way to Abuja from Katsina when a policeman allegedly shot him dead at about 5am while the motor boy was haggling with another policeman who demanded for a N1000 bribe.

The suspect was said to have run into the bush after the shooting while the other policeman quickly disappeared from the scene using a police vehicle.

 

 

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