Two die as Gunmen invade bank in Yobe

Channels Television  
Updated August 24, 2012

Gunmen Friday morning invaded the Agricultural Cooperative and Rural Development Bank in Gashua, the headquarters of Bade Local Government area of Yobe state.

The State commissioner of Police, Patrick Egbuniwe who confirmed the incident to Channels Television in Damaturu the Yobe state capital said the gun men had during the operation disarmed a police corporal and shot him in the leg before shooting sporadically within the bank premises.

He revealed that residents pursued the hoodlums to Annex B hotel also in Gashua town where two suspects were apprehended.

Mr Egbuniwe said one AK 47 rifle as well as the gun snatched from the police on guard was recovered.

One of the suspects according to him was killed in the process while the other is currently being interrogated as investigation has also commenced on the case.

According to the police commissioner, the non-commissioned police officer who was shot during the attack later died while receiving treatment at the Gashua General Hospital.

The state police chief said some gunmen attempted to disrupt the Friday Muslims prayers in Damaturu but that their mission was repel by security forces.

He said the shooting was heard around the emir of Damaturu Palace few minutes into the prayers as worshippers were held for sometimes after the prayers.

Damaturu the Yobe state capital has become a war zone of recent as attacks on security men as well as residents has become a routine affair which has led to many residents taken refuge in some places within the state and the country for fear of attack.