Suspected Boko Haram terrorists have reportedly invaded Shani Local Government Area of Borno State today (Monday), bombing the Divisional Police Headquarters at about 2:45pm.
Shani is about 245 kilometres from Maiduguri and is a border town between Borno and Adamawa States. The town was attacked soon after, apparently with the expectation that police armoury would have been burnt down in the explosion at the police HQ.
The attackers shot sporadically, burning down houses, shops and vehicles. Residents fleeing the town told newsmen that, the gunmen after setting ablaze the police station, opened fire on residents.
It was also gathered that the gunmen attacked the palace of the newly appointed emir of Shani, Alhaji Sanusi Mailafiya, while looking for the Chairman of the council, Alhaji Madu Walama, who was said to be hiding in the palace.
Number of casualties in the attack cannot be immediately confirmed as details are still sketchy.
More details soon.