At least six people were killed in the town of Dikwa, northeast Nigeria, when suspected Islamist militants attacked and burnt down a police station and a church, a military official said.
A former local government chairman, a police sergeant and a civilian were killed in the attack, along with three suspected members of the Boko Haram Islamist group, Lieutenant Colonel Sagir Musa, a military spokesman, said by phone from Maiduguri, Borno state. “Many escaped with bullet injuries during the shootout,” he said.
Authorities in Nigeria, Africa’s biggest oil producer and most populous nation, blame Boko Haram, whose name means “western education is a sin,” for a surge of attacks since 2009 against government buildings and security forces in the mainly Muslim north and in Abuja, the capital. Those attacks have caused hundreds of deaths.
In a separate incident yesterday, the six-year-old daughter of a police corporal was shot and killed in an attack on their home in the town of Potiskum by suspected Boko Haram members, said Toyin Gbadegeshin, a police spokesman in Damaturu, Yobe state.
The police corporal managed to escape, Gbadegeshin said by phone. “Two other children of the officer, a boy and a girl, sustained gunshot injuries and are now responding to treatment at the Potiskum general hospital,” he added.
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