Police station attacked in Nigeria

2010-10-25 07:37

Damatura - Suspected members of a Muslim sect accused of orchestrating targeted killings across northern Nigeria have attacked another police station.

Officials say officers repelled the attack on Saturday night targeting the police station, located in rural Yobe state, killing one of the suspected members of the Boko Haram sect.

Police chief Mamman Sule told The Associated Press on Sunday that the men had wanted to set the station ablaze, but were foiled in their attack. Suspected sect members recently firebombed another police station in neighbouring Borno state.

Followers of Boko Haram, which means "Western education is sacrilege" in Hausa, have emerged recently from hiding after their followers started a July 2009 riot, which led to a subsequent security crackdown that left 700 people dead.