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Nigeria Police Say 17 Insurgents Killed in Attacks in Kano

June 27, 2012

Nigerian security forces killed 17 militants, while a policeman died and another was injured as they repelled attacks on four police stations and a prison in the northern city of Kano, an official said.

“Extremists” launched attacks with bombs and assault rifles, Kano state Police Commissioner Ibrahim Idris told reporters in the city today.

Police arrested three attackers and recovered five assault rifles, 14 improvised explosive devices, some planted at a school, Idris said.

Boko Haram, which means “Western education is a sin,” has carried out a series of bombings and attacks since 2009 in what it says is a campaign to establish an Islamic state in Africa’s biggest oil producer. Jonathan in January called the insurgency a more serious threat than the 1967-1970 Biafra civil war.

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