At least 7 killed in new Nigeria attack
25 April 2013, 17:09
Maiduguri - Nigeria's military says at least seven people
have been killed in a shootout between soldiers and Islamic extremists in the
The attack happened on Wednesday night in the fishing
village of Gashua in Yobe state. Teacher Fati Umar, who witnessed the violence,
said the Islamic extremists attacked a police station in the village and later
Lieutenant Eli Lazarus, a military spokesperson, said the
shootout killed two police officers and five civilians. However, Nigeria's
military often downplays casualty figures to avoid the appearance that it is
losing control of the region to extremists.
Islamic extremists have launched guerrilla attacks across
Nigeria's predominantly Muslim north since 2010. A recent shootout between the
military and extremists in Baga killed at least 187 people, with soldiers
accused of killing civilians.