ABUJA, June 29 (Xinhua) -- The police in northeastern Nigeria's state of Bauchi on Sunday confirmed that at least 10 people were killed in an attack by gunmen who unleashed terror at a brothel.
At least 14 people were also injured in the attack at Bayan Gari district of the provincial capital, according to Haruna Mohammed, the spokesman of police in the northern state. His confirmation of the incident was the first by any security agency or government officials since the incident occurred early Saturday.
He said lifeless bodies of the victims were deposited at a government-run university teaching hospital in the state, adding the injured were also taken to the same hospital for treatment.
Security agents, comprising of the military, police, paramilitary officers, as well as the Nigeria Red Cross personnel, were quickly deployed to the scene to cordon off the area, evacuate dead bodies and assist injured victims, he added.
Witnesses said the gunmen, numbering five, stormed the area in military uniform and wreaked havoc on the patrons of the brothel by detonating explosives and shooting indiscriminately at the people around.
"We thought they were security personnel, who came to relax as well. I noticed they all positioned themselves at the four corners of the hall. The next thing I heard was an explosion, after which the arena was covered with thick smoke. Shivering, my friends and I sprawled on the ground.
"We were trying to get out when the five men started shooting sporadically at any one who tried to stand up, and in the process, killing many of the survivors of the blast," Ahmed Maidoki, a witness, told the official News Agency of Nigeria (NAN).
Usman Hassan, another witness, said he was about to enter the relaxation spot when the explosives went off. The witness said he had to quickly flee the scene.
"As soon as I was a bit far from the scene, I heard gun-shots. Few minutes later, a white Toyota Hilux vehicle zoomed out of the hotel on high speed with men wearing army uniforms," he added.
It was not clear if the outlawed Boko Haram sect, which has proved to be a major security threat in Nigeria since 2009, was responsible for the attack.
Nigeria currently grapples with various security challenges, part of which is the insurgency of Boko Haram, a group which seeks to enshrine the Islamic Sharia law in the constitution of the West African country.