Gunmen kill 5, burn church, police station in Borno

Gunmen suspected to be members of the Boko Haram, stormed New Marte, Marte Local Government Area of Borno State, where they killed a Police Sergeant … Continue reading Gunmen kill 5, burn church, police station in Borno


Gunmen suspected to be members of the Boko Haram, stormed New Marte, Marte Local Government Area of Borno State, where they killed a Police Sergeant and two civilians at the weekend.

The gunmen also set ablaze the Divisional Police Headquarters, COCIN Church and the residence of the Unit Commandant of the Army. Five vehicles parked in the premises of the police station were also burnt.

Local media report that the gunmen arrived in three Golf saloon cars and eight motorcycles as the residents scampered for safety as multiple explosions and gunshots rented the air.

An eyewitness, who narrowly escaped the attack told journalists in a telephone call that “the terrorists overpowered the police and other security agencies as both the police and the army ran out of arms and ammunition during the four-hour battle with the attackers.

He said when the security agencies realised that they had run out of ammunition, they immediately called for reinforcement from the Monguno Military Barracks in Monguno Local Government Area. However,due to network and communication problem, the terrorists executed their mission and left before the arrival of additional troops.

Confirming the incident, a security officer, who claimed anonymity said that there was an attack in New Marte over the weekend by suspected members of Boko Haram sect, where they killed a police officer and two civilians, while some places were equally razed by the hoodlums.