Create Profile

Creating your profile will enable you to submit photos and stories to get published on News24.

Please provide a username for your profile page:

This username must be unique, cannot be edited and will be used in the URL to your profile page across the entire 24.com network.

Facebook Sign-In

Hi News addict,

Join the News24 Community to be involved in breaking the news.

Log in with Facebook to comment and personalise news, weather and listings.


'Islamists' bomb Nigerian police station

29 March 2012, 11:28

iaKano, Nigeria - Suspected members of Islamist group Boko Haram bombed a police station in north-eastern Nigeria late on Wednesday, setting it ablaze in the latest of scores of such attacks, police said.

Gunmen stormed the station in the town of Damagun in Yobe state, though it was unclear if there were casualties.

"A group of suspected members of Boko Haram attacked the Damagun police station, where they detonated explosives that set the station on fire," Yobe police spokesperson Gbagesin Toyin told AFP.

"We are yet to ascertain if there were any casualties," he added.

One resident said what appeared to be a large crowd of attackers were shouting "Allahu Akbar" as they stormed the building.

Another resident said the gunmen engaged the police in a shootout before hurling explosives into the station.

"They have burnt down the police station and shut down the highway ... Everybody is indoors," the resident said.

Meanwhile two gunmen shot dead a police inspector in Maiduguri, in neighbouring Borno state, a police spokesperson said.

He was killed while shopping in the city's Gamboru market, Borno state police spokesman Samuel Tizhe said.

Door-to-door searches

Maiduguri has long been considered Boko Haram's base and the city has been repeatedly targeted for its attacks.

Tizhe said police in Maiduguri had announced financial rewards for residents providing information leading to the arrest of Boko Haram members or the recovery of illegal arms.

"The police have promised 500 000 naira ($3 125) for information that leads to the arrest of Boko Haram Islamists and a reward in like sum on information leading to the recovery of arms," Tizhe said.

A military task force in Borno state has been carrying out door-to-door searches in a bid to crack down on Boko Haram.

The Islamist group has been blamed for scores of attacks, mainly in Nigeria's north. A bid to hold indirect talks between the government and Boko Haram in recent weeks appears to have broken down.




Read News24’s Comments Policy

Comment on this story
Comments have been closed for this article.

Read more from our Users

Submitted by
Wilson Ochieng
DP Ruto accuses Raila of selling ...

DP Wiliam Ruto has castigated Raila Odinga for seeking western support to fund his 2017 election bid. Read more...

Submitted by
William Korir
Peter Kenneth announces Uhuru 201...

Peter Kenneth has announced that he will support President Uhuru Kenyatta in the 2017 elections. Read more...

Submitted by
Wilon Ochieng
Labour Party to dump both Jubilee...

The Labour Party of Kenya is likely to avoid supportoing both the CORD and Jubilee factions during the 2017 General Elections. Read more...

Submitted by
William Korir
Ukambani MP quits Jubilee, to run...

An Ukambani MP has quit the Jubilee Party, citing voter apathy as his reason behind leaving the ruling coalition. Read more...

Submitted by
Victor Tinto
Government launches probe into Po...

The government has launched an inquiry into the circumstances that could have led to two National Police Service helicopter accidents in August and September this year. Read more...

Submitted by
Wilwon Ochieng
Deputy Governor's ally found with...

The EACC has recovered KES 2 million in fake currency from a close ally of Deputy Governor for Tharaka Nithi Eliud Mati. Read more...