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Chinese among victims killed by Boko Haram suspects in northern Nigeria

10-08-2012 21:16 BJT

LAGOS, Oct. 8 (Xinhua) -- A Chinese worker was among victims killed by suspects of the Boko Haram sect in the troubled city of Maiduguri in northern Nigeria, according to the Chinese Embassy in the West African country.

The confirmation came after local security sources on Sunday disclosed that gunmen suspected to be members of the Boko Haram sect killed several people the previous day in Maiduguri, the capital of Borno State.

The sources located the deadly attack on Saturday afternoon in the Gubio Local Government Area, 89 km from Maiduguri.

A Chinese cook working with a construction company and a Nigerian employed by the Chinese firm were doing shopping at a local market when the attack occurred, claiming the lives of both and several others.

Local police, who have launched an investigation into the killing, said the Chinese might not be the target of the gunmen, although he became a latest victim.

Militants of the sect staged an uprising in Maiduguri in 2009, attacking state institutions including prisons, police stations and schools. Hundreds of people have been killed ever since, either in the attacks or clashes with local security forces.

 

Editor:Zhang Dan |Source: Xinhua

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