Boko Haram attacks police station in Gombe; ...loots arms and ammunition

Gunmen, believed to be members of the extremist Boko Haram sect, have launched a vicious attack on the police station in Nafada local government area of Gombe state.

Police officers attached to the station have been overpowered even as some of the officers reportedly fled on sighting the insurgents said to have superior fire power, security sources said.

Police sources said the Gombe State Command of the Police had already sent reinforcement to the town to explore the possibility of restoring normalcy and retaking the station from the insurgents.

Arms and ammunition are however believed to have been looted from the station.

The spokesperson of the Command, Fwaje Atajiri, confirmed there were reports of attacks in Nafada, and that reinforcement had been sent there. He however said details of the incident were still sketchy.

The attack on Nafada police station is coming almost a year after a similar onslaught by the insurgents on the police station in Boduje Town of Kwami Local Government Area of the State.

A police officer and three suspected sect members were killed in that November 19, 2013 attack, the police said at the time.

Five days ago, a deadly explosion, believed to have been masterminded by the Boko Haram sect, that ripped through a bus station in central Gombe killed at least 23 people and injured many more.

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