10 December 2012

Nigeria: DPO, 13 Others Killed As Gunmen Attack Yobe

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Nigeria's Boko Haram cartoon.

Maiduguri — Gunmen suspected to be terrorists laid ambush to Potiskum town of Yobe state Monday and killed the Divisional Police Officer (DPO) Mr. Mohammed Garba, including thirteen others suspected to be terrorists.

Also, the Unity Bank branch office in the area, telecomm masts belonging to Etsalat, MTN and Airtel and a police station were bombed by the gunmen who used Improvised Explosive Devices (IED's) during the attack.

An unconfirmed report also has it that the suspected terrorists made attempt to attack the palace of the Emir of Fika within the town, Alhaji Mohammed Idrissa Ibn Abale, but were repelled by men of the Joint Task Force (JTF) stationed in the palace.

Confirming the incident to Journalists in Damaturu, the state capital, the JTF Spokesman, Lieutenant Eli Lazarus said, there was an attack by some Boko Haram terrorists in Potiskum town where a DPO was killed.

He said, "we repelled the attack and succeeded in killing thirteen of the suspects, three dead bodies of the suspects were recovered on the streets of Potiskum by the JTF, while some of the terrorists succeeded in carrying away 10 of the other dead bodies of their colleagues and escaped through the bush".

He added that the JTF has already swung into action in order to arrest the fleeing suspects with the dead bodies, even as he stressed that the whole town has been cordoned off with a view to preventing further attacks and killings.

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