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7 wounded in Nigerian fuel strikes

2012-01-09 15:08

Kano - Nigerian police clashed with protesters in Nigeria's north on Monday as thousands converged on a governor's office during nationwide fuel price strikes, leaving seven people with gunshot wounds.

A union leader also said police shot dead a protester in Nigeria's commercial capital Lagos as thousands of people demonstrated there.

Police fired tear gas and shot into the air as thousands of protesters converged on the governor's office in the northern city of Kano as part of a national strike over fuel prices.

A huge crowd of protesters had gathered in Kano, the main city in Nigeria's north, and clashes broke out with police who pushed them back as they tried to enter the governor's office, an AFP correspondent reported.

Protesters set two vans ablaze and also sought to set fire to the home of central bank governor Lamido Sanusi in Kano, but were stopped by police.

"We now have 14 casualties," said Red Cross official in Kano Musa Abdullahi.

"Seven of them have gunshot wounds while the rest sustained injuries from beating and falling down in the confusion. These figures are only from this hospital. We are going to other hospitals where we were told some other people have been admitted."