2 dead in Nigeria attack

2013-07-23 13:25


Multimedia   ·   User Galleries   ·   News in Pictures Send us your pictures  ·  Send us your stories

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 Haram.

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 telephone.

A military source confirmed the deaths and said two more people were wounded in the attack which took place at the time of Muslim evening prayers.

"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 the gunmen".

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.

Read more on:    boko haram  |  nigeria  |  west africa

Join the conversation!

24.com encourages commentary submitted via MyNews24. Contributions of 200 words or more will be considered for publication.

We reserve editorial discretion to decide what will be published.
Read our comments policy for guidelines on contributions.

24.com publishes all comments posted on articles provided that they adhere to our Comments Policy. Should you wish to report a comment for editorial review, please do so by clicking the 'Report Comment' button to the right of each comment.

Comment on this story
Comments have been closed for this article.

Inside News24


Meet instagram star, Pumpkin the racoon

With 300 000 followers and growing Pumpkin is winning over the internet!



The cats that cost R35 000
Miley Cyrus can’t get enough of her new puppy
13 guilty pets
Meet SA's top poacher-catcher

Book flights

Compare, Book, Fly

Traffic Alerts

Plant some seeds. Your innovative mind is on fire and your ingenious ideas may just be the seeds for future projects. You may meet...read more

There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.


Create Profile

Creating your profile will enable you to submit photos and stories to get published on News24.

Please provide a username for your profile page:

This username must be unique, cannot be edited and will be used in the URL to your profile page across the entire 24.com network.


Location Settings

News24 allows you to edit the display of certain components based on a location. If you wish to personalise the page based on your preferences, please select a location for each component and click "Submit" in order for the changes to take affect.

Facebook Sign-In

Hi News addict,

Join the News24 Community to be involved in breaking the news.

Log in with Facebook to comment and personalise news, weather and listings.