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Terrorists attack security formations

08 May 2013, 11:01

Maiduguri - The Joint Task Force (JTF) successfully repelled an attack by suspected Boko Haram terrorists on 202 Battalion Barracks in Bama, Borno on Tuesday morning, its spokesman, Lt.- Col. Sagir Musa, said.

Musa made the development known to newsmen in Bama, Bama Local Government Area of Borno

"About 200 suspected Boko Haram terrorists at about 5 a.m. on Tuesday arrived Bama in some 18-seater buses and Hilux vehicles mounted with anti-aircraft machine guns.

"They attempted to carry out an attack on 202 Battalion Barracks in Bama.

"The attacks were repelled and 10 terrorists were killed during the exchange of gunfire," Musa said.

He said that the military also lost two soldiers during the encounter.

He explained that the terrorists appeared in military uniforms pretending to be serving soldiers before they were identified.

"They came in army uniform pretending to be soldiers but we were able to detect them before they did any harm to us," he said.

Musa said that the terrorists divided themselves into groups with a group unleashing terror on the nearby Bama Prison, killing 14 officials.

"The terrorists killed 14 Nigerian Prison Service (NPS) and freed 105 inmates serving various jail terms," he said.

The terrorists also attacked the Bama Divisional Police Station, the Police Barracks  as well as a local magistrate court and the local government secretariat.

The Police Divisional Officer, Alhaji Sagir Mohammed, told newsmen that the Divisional Police station and police barracks were set ablaze by the attackers in the early morning raid.

Mohammed said 22 policemen were killed in the attack, while  three children and a woman were burnt to death in one of the apartments attacked by the terrorists.

Mohammed said that the police also shot dead three of the attackers.

"We were able to kill three of the invaders during the attack," he said.



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