Gunmen suspected to be Boko Haram members around 4:30 am Sunday morning attacked with explosives a police station, a primary school and two cellphone towers in Fika, Yobe state, setting all the targets ablaze, the military and residents said.
Two policemen were believed to have died during the bombing of the police station.
According to Lazarus Eli, military spokesman in Yobe State, “We heard that there were some attacks in Fika by suspected Boko Haram terrorists. They attacked two telecommunication masts, a police station and a primary school.”
A resident said he had seen the bodies of two policemen being brought out of the razed police station, but Eli said he could not immediately confirm whether there were casualties.
Eli said troops had been deployed to the town to contain the violence.
“They threw explosives and fired gunshots at their targets, setting them ablaze, and fled after the attack,” Tanimu Mani told the French news agency.
“Soldiers who arrived in the town went inside the burnt police station and brought out the bodies of two policemen killed in the attack,” he said.
Another resident, Hassan Gaji, a student, said he had heard blasts and gunshots during his early morning prayers.
“They were shooting seriously for about one hour,” he said, adding that the town had been taken over by police and soldiers.