4 November 2012

Nigeria: Gunmen Burn Police Station, Killed Two Cops, Destroy GSM Masts, Primary School

Damaturu — Unidentified gunmen on Sunday morning attacked and burnt a police station, killed two police officers, destroyed GSM masts and burnt a primary school in the headquarters of Fika Local Government Area of Yobe state.

Daily Trust gathered that the gunmen, close to thirty in number, stormed the town and unleashed terror on the affected areas when people are about to come out for morning prayers.

A resident told our correspondent on phone that the incident occurred at around 4:20am, around the time people were preparing for morning prayers (magrib)

"We heard multiple blasts and several gunshots some minutes to dawn prayers. We all stayed and pray indoors, later in the day light we discovered that the central police station was burnt, MTN and Etisalat masts were also destroyed along with a primary school that was reduced to ashes," he said

A security source told our correspondent that the gunmen carted away twenty rifles and other weapons from the Police station armory.

Yobe state police commissioner, Patrick Egbuniwe confirmed that, "...The two police men were killed in an effort to repeal the attack, and the assailants escaped with some weapons."

Movement was restricted in the town for over five hours to enable security agents carry out their investigation.

However, the police commissioner said he does not have details yet if the JTF reinforcement were able to make any arrest due to difficulty in contacting DPO in charge the area as a result of network problem.

Residents in the town have started fleeing the town, back to Potiskum town where many people migrated from in the last ten days for safety.

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