After Kano, gunmen kill 14 in a raid on Gombe police station

Twice this week the city of Kano came under attack, but on  Friday it was sadly  the turn of  Gombe as gunmen suspected to be Boko Haram killed 14 people in an overnight raid on a police station .

“I have seen at least 14 burnt bodies in and around the police station,” a Gombe resident who lives near the station told AFP on condition of anonymity.

The gunmen suspected to be Boko Haram Islamists Friday launched simultaneous gun and bomb attacks on a prison and a police station in the northern city of Gombe, a jail guard and a resident said.

The attackers staged what residents said appeared to be coordinated attacks on a main prison where some Boko Haram members are believed to be held, and on a nearby police station.

“We are under siege. A large number of gunmen have encircled the prison, shooting and detonating explosives. It is clear they are Boko Haram,” a prison warden told AFP from inside the central prison in Gombe city.

A resident, Ibrahim Yau, said gunshots and explosions rang across the city for over an hour.

“There has been shooting and bomb attacks at the district police station in the centre of the city, and also the central prison,” he said.

The prison overlooks the police station and both are situated near the palace of the tradition Muslim leader, the emir, in downtown Gombe city, the capital of a state that goes by the same name.

No one I sure of the next target.Before the Gombe attack, security had been beefed up in Abuja on the heels of reports that Boko Haram was planning attacks on high-profile targets.It is believed the security agents are on top of the situation working hard to checkmate the planned attack on Abuja.

With reports by AP

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