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Many Killed as Gunmen Attack Gombe Police Stations With Bombs

Late on Wednesday, some gunmen suspected to be members of the Islamic sect, Boko haram attacked two police post in the northern city of Gombe killing a number of people. Eye witnesses said that the gunmen attacked around 8:30pm by throwing bombs into the police station and shooting sporadically at the policemen.

According to source, “They threw explosives and opened fire on the police post in central Gombe. Some of the policemen were inside while others were outside. The explosions were followed by gunfire. There was a shootout between the gunmen and policemen which lasted till 10 pm (2100 GMT),” Aliyu said.

“From a distance, I could see lifeless bodies being loaded into police ambulances,” he said, without being able to give a precise death toll because it was dark.

In the second attack, a resident in Bagadaza district on the outskirts of Gombe, Auwal Nasiru, said from his house he heard a loud explosion coming from a nearby police post.

“There were a lot of gunshots lasting for more than an hour. I cannot say if anybody was hurt or killed in the attack,” he said.

There is no official confirmation of the attacks.

Suspected Boko Haram gunmen had in late February launched coordinated gun attacks on Gombe prison and a nearby police station during which 14 people, including policemen, were killed.

The police station was burnt down in the attack.

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