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Bar attack kills 8 in northeastern Nigeria

01-11-2012 14:27 BJT

LAGOS, Jan. 11 (Xinhua) -- At least eight people including four policemen were killed Tuesday night in an attack that hit a beer parlor in northeastern Nigeria, local authorities said.

The tragedy occurred when six suspected members of the Boko Haram extremist group began to open fire at customers drinking beer, state police commissioner Tanko Lawan told reporters.

The attack in the town of Potiskum in Yobe state came after the extremist sect promised to combat against Christians in the country's Muslim north.

Investigation was already under way, Lawan said, adding the bodies of the death had been deposited at the Potiskum General Hospital.

The sect, whose name means "Western education is sacrilege" or "Western education is a sin" in the local Hausa language, has become a major security problem for President Goodluck Jonathan's administration.

It claimed responsibility for attacks on Christmas Day that killed at least 42 people and a bloody suicide car bombing in August last year, which targeted the UN headquarters in the current capital city of Abuja.

On Tuesday morning, a mob attacked a mosque and Quranic school in the Nigerian Christian-dominated southeast state of Edo, leaving at least five people dead and six others injured, according to the West African country's Red Cross agency.

The attack was widely seen as the fallout of a paralyzing nationwide strike called by the country's Labor Congress and its affiliate unions against the removal of fuel subsidy by the federal government.

Hundreds of local people were forced to take refuges in the state police headquarters while some others had fled.

Local police commissioner Femi Omojola said some miscreants had tried to hijack an otherwise peaceful protest Monday in Benin but the security forces moved in quickly and restored law and order.


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