Cars destroyed in Kano, Nigeria during January 2012. The attacks have been blamed on Boko Haram., a photo by Pan-African News Wire File Photos on Flickr.
Boko Haram again! 3 cops killed at police station
From DAVID MOLOMO, Yola
The Nigerian Sun
Tuesday, February 28, 2012
Gunmen attcked the Shuwa Divisional Police Station in Madagali Local Government Area of Adamawa State on Sunday night killing three policemen on guard.
Report reaching Daily Sun yesterday from Shuwa indicated that the police and residents lived in fears and apprehension ever since the Sunday attack. Report also indicated that some improvised explosive devices were used by the attackers.
When contacted by newsmen on phone, the state Police Public Relations Officer (PPRO), Assistant Superintendent of Police, Altine Daniel confirmed the ugly incident and that the deceased were of the rank of corporal.
Madagali Local Government Area borders Gwoza Local Government Area in Borno State, the home base of the dreaded Boko Haram Islamist sect that had in recent times claimed responsibility for such actions perpetrated in most parts of the northern state.
ASP Daniel also confirmed that besides the killing of the three policemen attached to the division, several other officers, including an inspector, had sustained injuries.
As at the time of filing this report yesterday, the police image-maker said more details of the attack were still expected as the Adamawa State Police Command had dispatched some senior officers to Shuwa.
“But I am authoritatively telling you that we lost three officers all of them corporals and three or four others are in hospital,” the image-maker said.
Impeccable sources from the area confirmed to Daily Sun that the number of victims of the incident was more than that given by the police command, disclosing that the gunmen equally carted away with some ammunition belonging to the division after the dislodge of the police command.
The sources also revealed that the said attackers came into the police division in pretence to lodge complaints while their motives were concealed but thereafter brought out their guns and shot the three police officers before shooting into the air sporadically to scare away other officers and residents of the town.
Given the ugly scenario, the residents have continued to live in fear and apprehension because such attacks had been unprecedented in the area.