Gunmen kill 20 in Adamawa

Gunmen At least 20 persons were killed and many injured on Friday as unknown gunmen suspected to be members of the extremist Boko Haram sect struck in Maiha, Adamawa state.

The attack on Maiha, located in the local government that shares a common border with Cameroun, had about 35 police prison inmates set free.

According to eyewitnesses, the Divisional Police station, the prison, the Customs area office, the presidential lodge, all located at the local government headquarters were completely razed.

Confirming the attack, Police Public Relations Officer, DSP Mohammed Ibrahim, said the invading gunmen burnt down the customs office and district head office located in the area.

Eyewitnesses said the gunmen stormed the town at about 3: 00am with heavy artillery.

It was gathered that the gunmen overran the police station, carted away arms and ammunition, then proceeded to the prisons where the inmates were reportedly set free.

The entire town, according to the eyewitnesses was thrown into pandemonium as residents feared venturing out of their homes.

The Police Public Relation Officer, PPRO, Mohammed Ibrahim (DSP), said they (the police) were in Maiha already to assess the situation.

Meanwhile, the Chairman of Maiha Local Government of Adamawa, Mallam Mohammed Jibrilla, yesterday said that the gunmen came on foot and motorcycles. Jibrilla told the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) on telephone that the gunmen divided themselves into groups before attacking their targets.

He listed the police station, prison, Presidential Lodge, Area Court, District Head’s office, Local Education Authority and the Nigeria Customs Service offices as some of the affected public places.

The chairman confirmed the death of two persons, including a policeman and a guest at the lodge during the attack. Jibrilla said the gunmen, who used explosives, engaged in gun shoot out with the policemen.

“At the prisons, all the 35 inmates were released, but 11 of them are so far back or re-arrested,” he said. The Adamawa Police Command Public Relations Officer, DSP Mohammed Ibrahim, also confirmed the attack and the killing of one policeman and a civilian.

“We lost one of our men and a civilian,” Ibrahim said.

Several vehicles and motorcycles parked at the affected areas, including those of customs and policemen, were burnt.

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