By Ayo Kehinde
Burnt operational vehicle and the dead policemen
The recent attack at the sleepy town of Dapchi in Yobe State, by the combined forces of ISWAP and Boko Haram has left the Mobile Police Force, an arm of Nigeria Police Force, to count their losses and mourn the dead.
Five policemen were killed in the attack in that town where over 100 school- girls were kidnapped two years ago and all, except Leah Shuabu, retuned after negotiation with government.
Fighters aligned to Islamic State West Africa Province (ISWAP) in four trucks fitted with machine guns reportedly stormed Dapchi town in northeastern Yobe State late on Wednesday, sparking intense fighting with security forces, according to local residents.
“This morning, we collected the bodies of five policemen killed in the fight with the insurgents,” a resident told AFP on condition of anonymity.
“The attackers came around 5:00 pm and started shooting indiscriminately which made everyone to scamper indoors,” he said.
Officials from the State Emergency Management Agency sympathising with Police Officers
Another resident said the policemen fought back, killing two of the fighters but were over-powered by the heavily armed jihadists, leaving five officers dead.
“We are preparing to convey the bodies to Damaturu,” the state capital for their burial, he said.
The jihadists made away with two vehicles, one belonging to the police and the other from local hunters fighting alongside security forces, residents said.
Part of the burnt building of the police men, like the one above being inspected by a SEMA official