Unidentified gunmen yesterday launched attacks at different police stations in Damaturu, raising tension among residents of the town.
This occured after weeks of a gradual return of normalcy from last month’s deadly encounter between Boko Haram members and security personnel that left many people dead and properties worth millions of Naira destroyed.
Confirming the attack, Yobe State Police Commissioner, Patrick Egbuniwe, told Daily Trust that a group of gunmen suspected to be members of Boko haram attacked police formations, including a police area command, CID, and a division.
“But with the effort of our men and military, we were able to repel the attacks; and no casualty was recorded from our side, only one recruit that came to see his family from the Police College Maiduguri was shot in his leg” he said.
He said the gunmen fled to some areas in the town but were chased by the joint security personnel to get them arrested.
A hospital source told Daily Trust that two copses of policemen were deposited at the hospital mortuary around 8pm.
Our correspondent reported that the attacks, which lasted almost an hour, happened within working hours, trapping many people were in their offices.
A resident in Nasarawa area said “There were indiscriminate shootings all over the area which started around 1:30pm but no explosion was heard”, he said.
The Joint Task Force commander, Colonel Dahiru Abdulsalam, told Daily Trust that “Some gunmen in a moving vehicle went to the police area command shooting and fled the area. No arrest was made but we are on top of the situation”.