About 07:30am, unknown gunmen stormed Tafawa Balewa town in a convoy of eighteen Hilux vehicles and started firing sporadically in different direction.
Joint Police and local vigilante group in the town who got wind of the approaching hoodlums engaged them into a fierce gun battle which forced them abandoned four Hilux vehicles mounted with Anti aircraft machine guns and retreated back towards Bununu after sustaining heavy casualties.
However, rampaging youth in the town numbering over 3000 burnt down four corpses of the attackers and the recovered Hilux vehicles. Two empty shells of 12.7mm ammunition of AA were recovered at the scene.
Meanwhile, same hoodlums went back to Jitar village in Bauchi LGA and killed three male vigilante members of Jitar village. Police detectives attached to Township Division visited the scene and evacuated the victims to the ATBU Teaching Hospital Bauchi for postmortem examination. The entire surrounding has been cordoned off by combined security forces and intensive patrol is ongoing to flush out fleeing miscreants.