MAIDUGURI, (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 terrorist today at about 5 am in the morning, about 200 Boko Haram terrorist 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 terrorist.” Musa said.
The suspected terrorist also burn 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 at 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.