A group of Boko Haram militants on Friday sacked the Damboa Divisional Police Station in Maiduguri, killing three police officers and two civilians.
Mohammed Abubakar, the Commissioner of Police in the state, who confirmed the incident, told the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) that the group, about 70 in number, also raided police barracks and a commercial bank in Maiduguri metropolis.
``Today is a black Friday to us, because we have just received information about an attack by some 70 suspected Boko Haram militants in Damboa area.
``The hoodlums attacked a police divisional station, police barracks and a commercial bank,’’ he said.
Mr Abubakar said the militants used explosives and other assorted weapons to carry out the attacks in the early hours of the day.
He said a team of policemen had been deployed to visit the area and access the situation, and vow to hunt down the attackers.
The police commissioner linked the dastardly act to last Thursday’s botched attack on a Church by the same group at Kwanar Yobe area of Maiduguri metropolis.
``They were frustrated by the gallant efforts of the police, which prevented them from attacking the Church in Maiduguri. So, they decided to launch another attack in a remote area.
``We will get them sooner or later. We have launched a joint manhunt for them. The search team includes police and military officers,’’ he added.
Mr Abubakar said the command had earlier seized an AK47 rifle, some motorbikes, GSM handsets and other items after intercepting some of the suspects while trying to attack the Church.
He reiterated the determination of the command to confront the activities of the Boko Haram suspects and restore peace to the state.