Gunmen kill five in Damaturu bar
Gunmen killed five people,
including a police officer and a
politician, at a bar in an area
previously hit by a bomb blast
blamed on Islamists, residents and
a doctor said Wednesday.
Three gunmen stormed the bar in
Damaturu, capital of northeastern
Yobe State, late Tuesday and shot
dead their victims as they sat
around a table, a witness told AFP.
“The attackers … shot dead five
people at a table and drove off,”
said the witness. He said a police
officer, a local politician and a
senior state government official
were among the dead.
Police could not be reached for
comment, but a doctor at a state-
run Damaturu hospital said five
bodies were deposited at the
morgue late Tuesday.
“The body of the police officer was
taken away by his colleagues this
morning while the other four
bodies are still in the morgue,” the
doctor who spoke on condition of
anonymity told AFP.
Although no group has claimed
responsibility for the attack,
Islamist group Boko Haram was
blamed for an explosion at a
nearby open-air bar in January that
wounded several people.
The group has carried out other
attacks in Yobe, including
coordinated bombings and gun
assaults targeting security forces
in Damaturu in November that
killed about 100 people. vanguard
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