Bank robbed, 5 policemen killed in ‘Boko Haram’ attack
The Commissioner of Police in the Nigerian north eastern state of Yobe, Alhaji Sanusi Rufai, said that five policemen and 20 gunmen had been confirmed dead with over nine million naira carted away from a commercial bank during an alleged attack by Boko Haram terrorists in Gashua today.
The commissioner who made the disclosure while briefing newsmen in Damaturu, said that two policemen also sustained injuries and were currently receiving treatment. He explained that the gunmen had earlier seized the bank manager, forcing him to open the vault. They also carted away a Peugeot 406 and Toyota Corolla cars.
Rufai said that police and military men later engaged the gunmen in a gun battle, recovering the two cars and an Isuzu Hilux van, belonging to the terrorists.
The commissioner said that two guns, two locally made pistols; two long range rifles; 19 hand grenades and assorted ammunitions were also recovered from the gunmen.
He said that one of the gunmen was captured and was now assisting the police with information on the attack.
“It is the same group using police and military uniforms that attacked Tarmuwa, Gulani and Giedam in recent times,” Rufai said.
In neighbouring Borno state, two policemen were killed today in Bama, also in an attack linked with Boko Haram.
Over 3,000 are believed to have been killed in various attacks by the Islamic sect.