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Nigerian Attacks Kill Four in Northeast, Security Forces Say

May 22, 2012

Four people died in attacks by gunmen in northeastern Nigeria in the past two days, spokesmen for the security forces said.

Unidentified gunmen yesterday shot dead an assistant superintendent of police in his car in Yobe state, the state’s police chief, Moses Onirepi, said today by phone.

In Maiduguri, the Borno state capital, two civilians were shot dead on May 20 by suspected members of the militant Islamist Boko Haram group, said Victor Ebhaleme, the field operations officer of the Joint Task Force in the state. One civilian was killed in crossfire in Benesheikh town in Borno when unidentified armed men attacked a police station on May 20, state police commissioner Bala Hassan said by phone.

Authorities in Nigeria, Africa’s top oil producer, blame Boko Haram for a surge of attacks since 2009 against government buildings and security forces in the mainly Muslim north and Abuja, the capital. Boko Haram, which means “Western education is a sin,” says it is fighting to establish an Islamic state in Nigeria.

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

To contact the editor responsible for this story: Antony Sguazzin at asguazzin@bloomberg.net


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