Police: Gunmen Kill 4 Officers In North Nigeria

By Salon Staff
Published March 8, 2012 5:36PM (UTC)
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GOMBE, Nigeria (AP) — Police say gunmen have attacked three banks and a police station in Nigeria's northeast, killing four policemen.

Gombe state deputy police chief Kabir Muhammad said Thursday that the attacks occurred in a town some 85 miles (140 kilometers) from the state capital.

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A nurse who asked for anonymity because she is not allowed to speak to press said a fifth policeman was badly wounded.

The attack comes a day after a school was set ablaze overnight. Authorities said no one was hurt.

Police officers and empty schools are typical targets of a radical sect locally known as Boko Haram, which is held responsible for killing more than 300 people this year alone.

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The group has launched an increasingly bloody campaign of attacks against Nigeria's government for more than a year.


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