Attack on Nigerian police unit 'repelled'

2012-11-26 13:56

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Abuja - Gunmen on Monday attempted to attack a special police unit in the Nigerian capital Abuja, but police claimed to have repelled it and details were still emerging, a police spokesperson said.

"I can confirm that there was an attempted attack on the [special anti-robbery squad] this morning which was repelled," spokesperson Frank Mba said, adding that the attackers were "suspected gunmen".

Local media reported that gunmen attacked the unit. Members of Islamist extremist group Boko Haram have carried out scores of attacks in northern and central Nigeria, including against police stations and sometimes with the intent of freeing jailed members.

It was not immediately clear whether suspected Boko Haram members were being held at the police unit.

In June 2011, a suicide bomber sought to attack police headquarters in Abuja. That attack saw a powerful explosion rip through the car park inside the police headquarters compound, leaving at least one police officer dead.

The special anti-robbery unit is in Abuja, but not at the headquarters compound.

Boko Haram has also been blamed for the August 2011 attack on UN headquarters in Abuja which killed at least 25 people as well as the April 2012 bombing of an office for a prominent newspaper in the capital.

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