Members of the outlawed Islamist sect Boko Haram have launched another attack on a Borno town, slitting the throats of residents, moments after they had “captured” the town and chased off the policemen at the police station.
Although details of the total number of casualties could not be immediately verified, the Borno State Commissioner of Police, Lawan Tanko, told journalists that the terrorists killed a policeman and left several injured in the attack on Banki, a border town with Cameroun, in the troubled Bama Local Government Area.
“I can confirm there was an attack on Banki town by suspected members of the Boko Haram group in the early hours of Wednesday in which my station in Banki was partially affected. I lost an officer and some sustained injuries,” Tanko said.
It was gathered that many residents were killed by the sect members who went to residential areas where they went from house to house slitting the throats of residents during the siege that took place for over an hour in the early hours of Wednesday.
Residents told journalists in Maiduguri yesterday that the attackers rode on motorcycles and Hilux Toyota vehicles into the town from nearby bushes and were armed with sophisticated weapons. They immediately attacked the police station in order to make the town vulnerable to the subsequent onslaught.
A survivor, who spoke to journalists said: “They drove from the neighbouring bush using motorcycles and carried sophisticated weapons around 2am.”
He said the attackers used rocket propellers to attack the station, which caught fire immediately.
“Some of the policemen tried to engage them in a shootout but they realised that the invaders had superior power and had to run for cover,” he said.
He said the attackers also raided homes killing and maiming residents before fleeing into the bush.