By BALA AJIYA AND NDAHI MARAMA
DAMATURU—gunmen suspected to be members of Boko Haram sect, in Yobe State, Monday torched the Bara Divisional Police Station, council secretariat complex and two telecommunications masts.
They also killed a policeman who attempted to protect the station from being set ablaze with Improvised Explosive Devices, IEDs, and rocket-propelled launchers at 1.30am.
Bara is the headquarters of Gulani Local Government Area and 160 kilometres south of Damaturu, the state capital.
The gunmen, according to an eyewitness, also snatched three vehicles including a Toyota Hilux van belonging to the council and fled towards Buni/Yadi at about 6.30am.
He said the gunmen, who overpowered the policemen at the council headquarters, operated for over three hours, before they succeeded in torching the station and telecommunication masts.
Commenting on the incident, Yobe State Police Commissioner, Sanusi Rufai said that the gunmen used rocket-propelled launchers, IEDs and petrol-bombs, while torching the police station and telecommunication masts at Gulani.
He further disclosed that a police corporal was also killed by the suspects, who slit his throat at his Bara residence at about 5am. Rufai, however, added that no arrests had yet been made.