modernghana logo

FEATURED STORY We’re So Narrow – Minded And Hypocrites...

body-container-line

Nigerian helicopter crash kills four policemen

AFP
14 March 2012 | Nigeria
A joint military and police task force is deployed in Jos to contain ethnic violence.  By Tony Karumba (AFP/File)
A joint military and police task force is deployed in Jos to contain ethnic violence. By Tony Karumba (AFP/File)

LAGOS (AFP) - A police helicopter crashed and burst into flames in the central Nigerian city of Jos on Wednesday, killing four policemen on board, including a senior officer, authorities said.

"Four police officers, including a (deputy inspector general), were killed," police spokesman Yemi Ajayi told AFP.

Government officials, emergency services and residents said the helicopter came down in a residential area in the Rukuba district of the city.

It was not immediately clear if there were casualties on the ground, and the cause of the crash was not yet known.

The officers' mission was not clear as well, but a joint military and police task force is deployed in Jos to contain violence between Christian and Muslim ethnic groups that has rocked the city in recent years.

Ajayi said the victims included a policeman who was last month promoted to the rank of deputy inspector general, a position held by a number of officers just below the head of the national police force.

The identities of the other victims were yet to be made public.

Do you have a story for publication? Please email it to [email protected]

More Nigeria

quot-img-1THE TRUE OCCULTIST WANTS NOTHING BUT WISDOM.

By: K.OWARE - Hamburg quot-img-1

Inter Bank Rates

Currency Buying Selling
U.S Dollar4.30244.3067
Euro4.80844.8110
Pound Sterling5.50325.5091
Swiss Franc4.41354.4158
Canadian Dollar3.19883.2011
S/African Rand0.33450.3347
Australian Dollar3.20073.2047
body-container-line