Gunmen kill 4 policemen, three civilians, cart away rifles in Yobe

BY BALA AJIYA & NDAHI MARAMA
DAMATURU — No fewer than four policemen and three civilians were, yesterday, killed while two others suspected to be policemen sustained injuries when some gunmen suspected to be members of Boko Haram laid ambush to the Tarmuwa Divisional Police Headquarters.

The gunmen, it was learnt, after killing the four policemen, succeeded in razing the police station using petrol bombs and other Improvised Explosive Devices, IEDs.

The three civilians killed were trapped and subsequently hit by stray bullets when trying to flee the area during the midnight attack.

Vanguard gathered that the gunmen stormed the town midnight, Wednesday, in a convoy of more than 10 vehicles.

According to a resident, who did not want his nàme mentioned, the gunmen had wanted to strike at Damaturu, the state capital, but because of the tight security in the state capital and its environs, they settled for Tarmuwa where they successfully raided the police station.

Confirming the incident, the Yobe State Commissioner of Police, Mr. Sanusi Rufai, said the attack was carried out at midnight, Wednesday, leaving four policemen dead and two others seriously wounded.

He said the injured policemen had been admitted at an undisclosed hospital where they were responding to treatment.

The CP, however, said normalcy had returned to the troubled town as security had been beefed up in the area with a view to apprehending the culprits.

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