2 dead in Nigeria attack
23 July 2013, 13:15
Kano - A girl and a policeman died in an attack in northern
Nigeria on Monday which the army blamed on the Islamist insurgent group Boko
The attack at the home of a Muslim cleric in Darazo, Bauchi state,
was the first attributed to the extremist separatists since the start of the
Muslim holy month of Ramadan.
"The gunmen came on motorcycles and headed straight to
the home of the cleric and opened fire indiscriminately, killing a girl and a
policeman living in the area," local resident Baffale Sanusi said by
A military source confirmed the deaths and said two more
people were wounded in the attack which took place at the time of Muslim
"We have received reports of shootings in Darazo this
evening and we have mobilised troops from nearby military to the town to deal
with the situation," a senior military source in Bauchi told AFP.
"We strongly suspect Boko Haram gunmen are behind the
shootings," the source said.
Another local resident, Umar Mato, said the streets were
deserted after the attack as soldiers "laid siege on the town looking for
Roughly translated, Boko Haram means "Western education
is sin," and the insurgents have been blamed for previous raids on
schools, with some analysts suggesting the group has selected shocking targets
to generate attention.
Boko Haram has said it is fighting to create an Islamic
state in Nigeria's mainly Muslim north.