Fierce fighting as Boko Haram militants attack Nigeria’s Gombe
Witnesses say militants from the Nigerian Islamist group Boko Haram have directly attacked the northeastern city of Gombe. The city has previously been the target of several bombings, but never an attempt at invasion.
Hundreds of Boko Haram militants attacked the northeastern Nigerian city of Gombe on Saturday, overrunning a checkpoint and firing heavy guns, witnesses and a security source said.
One witness said the militants had burned down a police station at the edge of the town, while others told AFP news agency the militants had distributed pamphlets calling on residents to boycott fortcoming elections.
Nigeria has postponed a presidential election, which had originally been scheduled for Saturday, by six weeks, citing the security threat posed by Boko Haram in the northeast of the country, where the Islamist group is carrying out a violent campaign to establish an Islamic state.
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Source News: DW