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Nigerian Police Kill Two Suspected Boko Haram Members

March 29, 2012

Nigerian police said they shot dead two suspected Islamist militants who attacked and burned down a police station in northeastern Damagun town in Yobe state.

Three policemen were injured in the assault yesterday. The attackers arrived in 10 vehicles and threw improvised explosive devices before they began shooting indiscriminately, said Toyin Gbadegesin, a spokesman for Yobe state police. The suspected Boko Haram members also attacked a military base near the police station and freed inmates from a prison in the town, he said.

“For now, 14 inmates have escaped, while some of them chose to return to the prison after being freed,” Gbadegesin said by phone today.

The government of Africa’s top oil producer blames Boko Haram, which draws inspiration from Afghanistan’s Taliban movement, for a surge of violence in the mainly Muslim north and in Abuja, the capital, since 2009.

Boko Haram, whose name means “Western education is a sin,” claimed responsibility for multiple blasts and attacks in the city of Kano on Jan. 20 that killed at least 256 people, according to the Civil Rights Congress.

To contact the reporter on this story: Gbenga Akingbule in Maiduguri at gakingbule@bloomberg.net

To contact the editor responsible for this story: Andrew J. Barden at barden@bloomberg.net


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