October 31, 2014

Suspected Boko Haram Gunmen Kill 6 in Yobe, Including 5 Police Officers

Residents say suspected Boko Haram gunmen reportedly killed six people, including five police officers, on Tuesday in a beer palour in Potiskum, Yobe state, the AFP reported.

According to the report, police chief Lawan Tanko confirmed the attack without giving casualty numbers, while a resident said five policemen had died in the beer garden shooting carried out by suspected Boko Haram militants.

“Five policemen and one bartender were killed in the attack,” said Miko Hamidu, a resident of Potiskum, the town in Yobe state.

“The policemen had gone to drink,” he said, adding that the gunmen were suspected Boko Haram members.

Another resident, speaking to the news agency, gave a similar account, but also added that a motorcycle had sped off.

Dozens of Islamists stormed Potiskum on Friday and launched gun-and-bomb attacks on the police headquarters, leading to all-night battles with security forces, the AFP reported.

Yobe State is one of the regions under President Jonathan’s state of emergency, and is also under a dusk-to-dawn curfew.

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