Youths attack Nigeria police station
25 January 2012, 05:45
Kano - Suspected members of a radical Islamist sect
attacked a police station in this north Nigeria city where its
co-ordinated assaults last week killed at least 185 people. Youths
overran the bombed station on Wednesday and blood and investigative
files covered the floor.
Gunmen likely from the sect known as
Boko Haram surrounded the police station on Tuesday night in the Sheka
neighbourhood of the sprawling city of Kano, witnesses said.
gunmen then ordered civilians at shops and homes surrounding the
station to get off the street, then began chanting "God is great" as
they threw locally made bombs into the station, and sprayed assault
weapon fire into the building, witnesses said.
morning, the jail cells of the station stood open, as blood coated the
floor of the local commander's private bathroom. Investigative files
apparently rifled through covered the floors, as youths outside waved an
A crowd of cheering youths jumped up and down
on top of a burned-out police truck, with one wearing a police
ballistic helmet, smiling.
Others in the
crowd said in the local Hausa language they would kill any police
officer who returned, as some asked journalists visiting the site if
they were Christians.
"We are not satisfied with what is
happening now," said 26-year-old Abubakar Muawuya. Our leaders "have to
call this Boko Haram and sit down with them".
Kano state police
spokesperson Magaji Musa Majiya did not immediately respond to a request
for comment on Wednesday morning. No one immediately claimed
responsibility for the attack, though it followed the pattern of others
carried out by Boko Haram, including the use of improvised explosives.
sect, whose name means "Western education is sacrilege" in Hausa,
claimed the attack on Friday in Kano that killed at least 185 people in
the country's second-largest city.
Boko Haram wants to implement
strict Shariah law and avenge the deaths of Muslims in communal violence
across Nigeria, a multi-ethnic nation of more than 160 million people
split largely into a Christian south and Muslim north.
sect has begun targeting Christians in the north, the majority of those
killed on Friday appeared to be Muslim, officials said.
Nigeria's weak central government has been unable to stop Boko Haram's increasingly bloody attacks.
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