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Nine Killed as Nigerian Forces Raid Bomb Factory, Police Report

April 01, 2012

April 1 (Bloomberg)-- Nine gunmen were killed in a shootout on Mar. 31 as Nigerian security forces raided a bomb-making factory in the north-central state of Kogi, the state’s police commissioner said, while declining to confirm the site belonged to a militant Islamic sect responsible for bombings in the country.

“We cannot say categorically that the owners of this bomb- making factory are members of Boko Haram, because criminals are also using the same tactics to try to confuse the public,” Lawal Tanko, Kogi state Commissioner of Police, said by phone today from Lokoja, the capital.

Boko Haram claimed responsibility for an Aug. 26 suicide car-bomb attack on a United Nations building that killed 23 people in the capital, Abuja. It also said it was responsible for blasts that struck eight government buildings on Jan. 20 in Kano, northern Nigeria, killing at least 250, according to rights group Civil Rights Congress.

To contact the reporter on this story: Gbenga Akingbule in Maiduguri at

To contact the editor responsible for this story: Antony Sguazzin at

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