An operative of the Police Counter Terrorist Unit stands in front of a Landcruiser truck
NEWS AGENCY OF NIGERIA
16 January, 2014
The Commissioner of Police in Maiduguri, Alhaji Lawal Tanko, on Thursday confirmed Boko Haram attack of a Police Station at Banki town in the state.
“I confirm there was an attack on Banki town by suspected members of the Boko Haram in the early hours of Wednesday. “The police station in the town was partially affected. I lost an officer and some of my men sustained injuries,’’ Tanko said.
A resident of the town, Mr John Samuel, who survived the attack, had told newsmen in Maiduguri on Thursday that the attackers rode on motorcycles and Hilux vehicles and used sophisticated weapons for the attack. “They drove from the bush around 2 a.m. on motorcycles and Hilux vehicles and carried sophisticated weapons,’’ he said.
Samuel said that the gunmen used rocket propelled grenades to attack the police station which led to fire outbreak “Some policemen at the station tried to engage the gunmen in a shoot-out but when they realised that the invaders had superior power, they fled,’’ he said.
He said the gunmen also raided homes and killed some residents of the town before fleeing.