“They set their targets ablaze”: Armed militants attack police station, raid armoury in Yobe

by Isi Esene

A group of gunmen early Sunday morning attacked a primary school, two telecommunications cell-towers and a police station in Fika, Yobe State.

The spokesman to the Joint Military Task Force, Lazarus Eli, said, “We heard that there were some attacks in Fika by suspected Boko Haram terrorists. They attacked two telecommunication masts, a police station and a primary school.”

Eli could not confirm if there are casualties in the attack but residents say they saw bodies of policemen being removed from the razed police station.

The JTF spokesman said soldiers have been deployed to the area in Fika to bring the situation under control.

Fika town, in Yobe State has been known for violent activities believed to be fomented by the dreaded Islamic sect, Boko Haram.

An eyewitness to the attack, Tanimu Mani, spoke to reporters saying, “They threw explosives and fired gunshots at their targets, setting them ablaze, and fled after the attack.

“Soldiers who arrived in the town went inside the burnt police station and brought out the bodies of two policemen killed in the attack,” he added.

Reports say the gunmen raided the police station armoury before setting it on fire.

Residents of the town have started moving away from the area fearing further attacks. There are reports of a heavy presence of police and military men in the town after the attack.

A source said, “A lot of people are now leaving for Potiskum which has been relatively calm in recent weeks.”

Yobe state has been a hotbed of violence in the past months with towns like Damaturu, Potiskum and Fika getting a high degree of attacks.

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