Gunmen invade Hilltop Hotel, Abuja, kill policeman, injure others

Unknown gunmen on Tuesday killed a police officer at the Hilltop International Premium Hotel in Abuja.

According to Punch,  the yet to be identified gunmen invaded the hotel located at Tunga-Maje in the Gwagwalada area of the Federal Capital Territory, and engaged the policemen in a gun battle that led to the death of an officer.

It was also gathered that three persons who lodged in the hotel were injured, while one of them was hit by a stray bullet.

In June, gunmen who invaded the same hotel abducted a former member of the Kogi State House of Assembly, Friday Makama, and eight others.

A worker in the hotel claimed the armed men shot at the doors of the hotel to gain access.

“They came around 11pm. They were many. We had closed for the day and had locked everywhere. They shot at the doors. They shot the person they abducted before taking him away.

“Three people were injured. One of them, a bullet hit him right in his room. Policemen have been coming to our hotel since the last attack; they met the attackers and engaged them.

“They flogged us. People that were injured were those who lodged in our hotel,” the source said.

Confirming the incident, the FCT Police Command spokesperson, Josephine Adeh, said an officer was killed during the attack.

“Suspected kidnappers were carrying out their operations and our operatives foiled their attack and engaged them in a gun battle; unfortunately, one of our men paid the supreme price.

“One person was also injured,” she said.

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