For the second time in three months, armed men invade same Abuja hotel, kill policeman, injure three

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Armed men on Tuesday night attacked Hilltop International Premium Hotel at Tunga-Maje in Gwagwalada Area of Federal Capital Territory.

They were said to have engaged policemen in a gun battle led to death of a policeman.

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

The PUNCH had, in June, reported gunmen abducted a former member of the Kogi State House of Assembly, Friday Makama, and eight others from the same hotel.

A worker in the hotel told our correspondent 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 were injured were those lodged in our hotel,” the source said.

When contacted, the FCT Police Command spokesperson, DSP Josephine Adeh, confirmed the incident, adding a policeman was killed during the attack.

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

“One person was also injured,” Adeh explained.