10 dead, 30 children wounded as policeman rams car into crowd
Ten people were killed and more than 30 children wounded when a policeman drove his car into a group of children during an Easter procession in Gombe State.
The Policeman and other occupants of his car were reportedly killed by an angry mob, AFP reported.
The deadly incident happened on Sunday. The policeman who was off-duty was reported to have driven his car directly into a procession celebrating Easter in Gombe, state police spokeswoman Mary Mallum said.
“Ten people were killed, including the policeman and a paramilitary member who was with him,” Mallum said.
“We learnt the policeman and his friend who were not in uniform were attacked and killed by the angry crowd,”
“Another 30 children were injured and are currently in hospital while the investigation is ongoing,” Mallum said.
According to witnesses at the scene, the driver deliberately drove the car into the crowd following an altercation over the procession blocking the road.
“The driver of the car had a heated argument with the children before they made way for him to pass, only for him, in a fit of rage, to turn and drive into them,” said Isaac Kwadang, head of the Boys Brigade in Gombe.
“He did it on purpose,” Kwadang said.