A military-manned defensive position in NE Nigeria
PHOTO CREDIT: AFP
May 7 (Xinhua)
Military and police officials on Tuesday
confirmed that at least 55 people were
killed when suspected Boko Haram sect
attacked security formations in the
Nigeria troubled northeast Borno State.
Spokesman of the military led Joint Task
Force (JTF) in Borno, Lt- Colonel Sagir
Musa said that the gunmen attacked
Bama, a commercial town about 187
kilometers away from Maiduguri, the
epicenter of the insurgency in the early hours of Tuesday.
“Suspected Boko Haram terrorists today at about 5 am in the morning, about 200
Boko Haram terrorists in 18 seater buses
and Hilux Vehicles mounted with anti
aircraft machine guns, attempted to
attack on 202 Battalion Barracks in Bama, about 10 insurgents were killed during exchange of fire. We lost 2 soldiers during the attack,” he added. “They came in army uniform pretending to be soldiers but were able to detect them,” Musa said.
According to him, the Boko Haram
terrorist also killed 14 Nigerian prison
officials at about the same time this
morning. “A total 105 inmates were also freed by the terrorists.” Musa said. The suspected terrorists also burnt down
police station and police barracks as well as a local magistrate court and Bama Local Government Secretariat where some of the buildings were still on fire as of the time reporters visited.
Police Area commander in charge of
Bama town, Alhaji Sagir, said the
divisional police station and police
barracks were attacked while 22 police
officers lost their lives, three children and a woman were burnt to death.
In their respective accounts of the battle at Bama, NTA NEWS and REUTERS reports put the number of terrorists killed in the battle at 13, with Reuters adding that two of the attackers were captured by the military.
(additional reporting by REUTERS and NTA NEWS)