From TIMOTHY OLA, Maiduguri
Gunmen suspected to be Boko Haram Islamists yesterday attacked a divisional police station in the southern part of Yobe State, killing at least three policemen while unconfirmed numbers of people were wounded. Saturday Sun gathered that the gunmen stormed Buni-Yadi, a small community along Damaturu-Gombe road and headquarters of Gujba Local Government in the early hours of yesterday (Friday), shooting sporadically.
“They fired several shots into the police station as soon as they arrived the area. It was terrible. Bodies of policemen on duty were brought out of the station but I don’t know if they were dead,” a resident claimed in a telephone conversation. Sources said the attack lasted for about 30 minutes though with initial attempts by the police to restrict advances into the police station. The policemen were, however, overpowered as the gunmen moved into the police station later.
Confirming the incident, spokesman of the Joint Task Force (JTF), Lieutenant Lazarus Eli, in a statement, said three policemen were killed in the attack while some arms were carted away from the armoury of the divisional police station by the attackers. “In the early hours of today, gunmen attacked the Divisional Police Station at Buni Yadi, Gujba Local Government of Yobe State. Three (3) policemen were killed, some arms carted away,” Lt Eli said.
He also disclosed that the JTF responded swiftly to the distress call on the attack and immediately beefed up security in Buni Yadi to forestall further attack. Gujba Local Government has witnessed some attacks in the past by suspected Boko Haram members but residents said yesterday’s incident appeared the bloodiest.