Breaking News: Gunmen storm police station, attack banks in Adamawa

Breaking News – Gunmen stormed a police station in Gombi in Adamawa state , Thursday,  and attacked two banks, a resident and police source said, amid a wave of such incidents blamed on an Islamist sect.

“Reports have reached the police headquarters of attacks on the police station and banks in Gombi,” the police source said on condition of anonymity, speaking of a town in northeastern Nigeria, located in Adamawa state.

“The police commissioner is on his way to the town to assess the situation.”

A resident, Husseini Abdurrazak, said by phone that the gunmen overpowered the police at the station and carted away arms before going to the banks to steal money.

“They were chanting ‘Allahu Akbar’, and our suspicion is they may be members of Boko Haram or just armed robbers hiding under that cover,” he said.

The Islamist sect known as Boko Haram has been blamed for scores of bomb attacks and shootings, mostly in Nigeria’s northeast. A number of bank robberies have also been blamed on the sect.

There have been growing concerns over whether the sect has formed links with extremist groups outside of Nigeria, including Al-Qaeda’s north African branch.

Nigeria is Africa’s most populous nation of some 150 million people divided roughly in half between a mainly Muslim north and predominately Christian south.

Source: AFP

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