UPDATED: Heavy gunfire reported in Yobe, one officer killed

Channels Television  
Updated July 16, 2012

UPDATE:Suspected members of the radical Islamic Sect Boko Haram today attacked three police formations in Damaturu the Yobe state as one police recruit was confirmed killed during the attack.

The Yobe state commissioner of Police Mr. Patrick Egbuniwe told our Damaturu correspondent Jonathan Gopep that the attackers came to the areas around 1:45 this afternoon.

Areas attacked according to him are the Area Command, A Division and the state CID, all located in the state capital.

The commissioner said a combined team of security agents were able to repel the attack which lasted for 35 minutes.

He said a recruit constable was killed during the attack but at a different location as his corpse was found at the Damaturu motor park just behind the A Division.

Mr. Egbuniwe said one arrest has been made in connection with the attack and the suspect is currently been interrogated.

Damaturu, the Yobe state capital has been under severe attack in recent times since the commencement of the Boko Haram insurgency.

Our earlier report: Heavy gunfire is being reported along Gasua road in Damaturu, Yobe state.
The Yobe State commissioner of police, Patrick Egbuniwe who confirmed this to Channels Television reporter in Damaturu said the gun shot is being heard in three different locations in Damaturu but that a combine team of the JTF is working to locate the spot with a view to repelling the attack.

The sounds of gunfire began to be heard across the town around 1:30pm and forced many residents to flee to their homes