Nigeria Gunmen Burn Police Station, Phone Towers
[An Nahar] Gunmen with explosives attacked a cop shoppe, a primary school and two cellphone towers in a town in Nigeria's restive northeast early Sunday and set them ablaze, the military and residents said.
"We heard that there were some attacks in Fika by suspected Boko Haram
... not to be confused with Procol Harum, Harum Scarum, possibly to be confused with Helter Skelter. The Nigerian version of al-Qaeda and the Taliban rolled together and flavored with a smigeon of distinctly Subsaharan ignorance and brutality...
terrorists. They attacked two telecommunication masts, a cop shoppe and a primary school," Lazarus Eli, military front man in Yobe State, told Agence La Belle France Presse.
A resident said he had seen the bodies of two coppers being brought out of the razed cop shoppe, but Eli said he could not immediately confirm whether there were casualties.
Eli said troops had deployed to the town to contain the violence. Fika is located some 170 kilometers (110 miles) from Damaturu, the capital of Yobe State and a hotbed of Islamist cut-thoat group Boko Haram.
Residents said the gunnies attacked their targets with explosives at around 4:30 am.
"They threw explosives and fired gunshots at their targets, setting them ablaze, and fled after the attack," Tanimu Mani told AFP.
"Soldiers who arrived in the town went inside the burnt cop shoppe and brought out the bodies of two coppers killed in the attack," he said.
Another resident, Hassan Gaji, a student, said he had heard blasts and gunshots during his early morning prayers.
"They were shooting seriously for about one hour," he said, adding that the town had been taken over by police and soldiers.
Posted by: Fred 2012-11-05