Suspected members of Islamist sect, Boko Haram, on Tuesday, attacked Bama, Borno State, leaving 55 people dead, the Joint Military Task Force said on Tuesday.
The gunmen, according to Reuters, killed 22 police officers, 14 prison officials, two soldiers and four civilians, while 13 of the sect’s members died in the clash with the task force members.
Spokesman for the JTF, Sagir Musa, confirmed this to Reuters.
The suspected terrorists were said to have freed 105 prison inmates during the attack which reportedly began at around 5am.
The JTF, which took journalists to Bama to assess the damage caused by the terrorists, added that three children and one woman, were among those killed during the multiple attacks in the town.
Sources in the town claimed that about 300 suspected members of Boko Haram stormed the town, first attacking the 200 Tank Battallion, a military Barracks.
The suspected terrorists were, however, repelled by soldiers, who killed several insurgents who were forced to retreat with the corpses of their members.
They were unable to take away 10 of their members’ bodies.
One other member, who was injured, was tied to the stake when the JTF and journalists visited.
Bama’s police station, military barracks and government buildings were razed, an eyewitness in Bama said.
Source: www.punchng.com and www. reuters.com