Unknown gunmen suspected to be Boko Haram members on Thursday morning attacked Yobe state, killed 16 people and set ablaze the service-base masts of Airtel, Glo and Etisalat in Potiskum and Damaturu, with Improvised Explosive Devices (IEDs) and petrol-bombs.
This is coming barely 24 hours after torching 15 masts of four Global System of Mobile Communication (GSM) firms in Borno state.
Among the 16 people killed was the Yobe state government protocol officer, Mallam Adamu.
Adamu was attacked and and killed while returning from his duty post at the Government House, Damaturu.
Not less than 24 towers have been attacked, likely causing damage worth millions of dollars, says an association of mobile phone companies.
Army spokesperson Sagir Musa put the blame on radical Islamist group known as Boko Haram. Months ago the group threatened to target phone companies for collaborating with authorities.
According to experts, a tower costs about 450,000 US dollars and with antennas, generators and transmission equipment, the cost of a single tower can exceed one million US dollars.
More details to come…