Tuesday, March 26, 2013
Gunmen strike in Yobe, kill policeman, raze station, telecom masts
Gunmen yesterday morning attacked the Bara Divisional Police Station in Yobe State, killing one policeman. Bara is the headquarters of Gulani Local Government Area of the state. Sources said that the attack began at about 1:00a.m and lasted for two and a half hours.
The attackers burnt the police station and went away with the three cars parked in premises. The Yobe State Commissioner of Police, Mr. Sanusi Rufai, who confirmed the incident to journalists in Damaturu, the state capital, said though the police station was burnt with a rocket propelled launcher and explosive devices, the attack was repelled by security operatives.
He also said the policeman killed was a corporal, adding the slain victim was slaughtered by the gunmen in his residence at about 5:00a.m after the attack on the police station. The attackers, according to the police boss, also destroyed the MTN and the Glo telecom masts. The gunmen also carted away three local government vehicles.
The commissioner, however, said no arrest had been made in connection with the attack and no individual or group had claimed responsibility for it.