Monday, April 21, 2014

Gunmen attacked our station, we repelled them- Adamawa police

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Police Stations are now the target for attacks by unknown terror groups.

Gunmen on Sunday night attacked the Hong Divisional Police Station in Hong Local Government Area, the Adamawa Police Command’s Public Relation Officer, Mohammed Ibrahim, has confirmed.

Mr. Ibrahim said in Yola, the state capital, on Monday that the gunmen attacked the station at about 8 p.m. on Sunday but were repelled by policemen who engaged them in a shootout.

“They were forced to retreat in different directions and were disorganised after they were forced to abandon their mission.

“They scattered and could not regroup to attack other places as they planned”, Mr. Ibrahim said.

He said that while no casualty was recorded on the police side, a girl in the neighbourhood sustained minor injuries from a stray bullet.

The Hong incident occurred three days after a similar attack on Maiha Divisional Police Station on Friday.

During the Maiha attack, in which two people were killed (a policeman and a civilian), the hoodlums also attacked Prisons, Customs, the Presidential Lodge, the Area Court and the Local Education Authority offices in the local Government.

Meanwhile, the Adamawa Comptroller of Prisons, Andrew Barka, has confirmed that 11 out of the 35 convicts freed by gunmen at the Maiha satellite Prisons on Friday Are now back in custody.

Mr. Barka explained that four of the convicts returned on their own while seven were re-arrested. He asked for public cooperation in tracking those still at large. Mr. Barka said the inmates have been transferred to Mubi Prison.

The prisons boss said the convicts of Maiha are serving various terms based on minor crimes.

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