The Yobe State Commissoner of Police, Lawan Tanko, has just confirmed to Premium Times that his command had lost seven officers after two days of heavy gun fire and bomb attacks from people suspected to be members of the Boko Haram sect in Damaturu, the state capital.
The CP however said the sect had also lost over 50 members during the prolonged gun battle as the police continue to trail the remaining attackers who are trying to flee the town.
Premium Times has also confirmed that among the casualties on the police side were Ibrahim Abubakar,the Assistant Commissioner of police in charge of operations, and Kabir, the squadron commander of the mobile police unit 41 Damaturu.
A source who spoke to us from Damaturu said that even though palpable fear still reigns in the town, normalcy has started to return as both the military and the police are seen intensifying security measures.
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