Vanguard (Lagos)

19 February 2013

Nigeria: Gunmen Burn Down Police Station, Kill Inspector, Two Others

Maiduguri — Gunmen suspected to be terrorists on Monday night in a separate attacks in Konduga and Askira- Uba Local Government Areas of Borno state, razed down Divisional Police Headquarters including vehicles parked within the premises and killed a Police inspector (name withheld), a vigilante member and a civilian.

Konduga is about 40 kilometres away from Maiduguri, the state capital which had witnessed series of attacks and killings in recent past. While Askira- Uba is about 180 kilometres away from Maiduguri, the state capital which shares boarder with some parts of Adamawa state.

Our correspondent report that the separate incidents which started simultaneously at about 6:30pm when the terrorists, fully armed with sophisticated weapons came to the towns, took the policemen in Konduga Divisional Police Station on duty unawares, where they started shooting and later threw some Improvised Explosive Devices (IEDs) to the police station and razed it down completely.

The Konduga attack led to the killing of a Police inspector leaving about five of them sustained various degrees of gunshot wounds.

Also in the Konduga attack, a police source said the official vehicle of the Divisional Police Officer (DPO) and others within the premises were all burnt beyond recognition.

The source who is a Police officer in Maiduguri confirmed the incident in a telephone call. He said, " at about 6:30pm, some suspected terrorists attacked Konduga and Lassa town of Askira -Uba Council areas where they killed an Inspector, he added that in the Lassa attack, a vigilante member and one civilian were also killed by the attackers.

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