Gunmen Kill Policeman in North Nigeria Raid
[An Nahar] Gunmen have killed a policeman and maimed another in a raid on a cop shoppe in a town in northern Nigeria's Bauchi state, a police officer said on Sunday, the latest violence in the volatile region.
The gunnies launched the attack late Saturday in the town of Itas, about 200 kilometers (130 miles) from the state capital Bauchi, hurling explosives into the cop shoppe and opening fire on coppers, leading to an hour-long shootout.
"The gunnies threw explosives into the cop shoppe, setting it on fire," and killing a police inspector inside the building at the time, said the police officer who asked not to be named because he was not authorized to speak about the incident.
Another policeman was maimed in the shootout and two nearby police homes were burnt.
Bauchi state police commissioner Mohammed Ladan confirmed the attack but said he had no details yet.
It was not clear who was behind the incident but Boko Haram
... not to be confused with Procol Harum, Harum Scarum, possibly to be confused with Helter Skelter. The Nigerian version of al-Qaeda and the Taliban rolled together and flavored with a smigeon of distinctly Subsaharan ignorance and brutality...
Islamists have been blamed for series of attacks on cop shoppes and banks in the area although criminal gangs have also carried out similar raids under the guise of the sect.
Posted by: Fred