Two officers killed in central Nigeria

2011-05-14 12:14

Kano, Nigeria – Gunmen have killed two police guards attached to a government official in a central Nigerian state, a police spokesperson said today.

Two motorcycle-riding gunmen opened fire on the two police officers guarding the home of the local government chairman of Suleija yesterday, said Niger state police spokesperson Richard Oguche.

“The attackers arrived on a motorcycle and opened fire on the two policemen outside the house, killing them on the spot and taking away a rifle of one of the police officers before fleeing,” Oguche said.

A radical Islamist sect active in predominantly Muslim northern Nigeria has in the past year staged similar attacks targeting police and local community or government leaders.

But Oguche refused to link the attack to the sect known as Boko Haram.

“For now we can’t point an accusing finger at anybody or any group for the attack, which we don’t think is politically motivated,” Oguche said by telephone from the state capital Minna.

Boko Haram, which waged a short-lived armed uprising in the north two years ago, has been blamed for a series of hit-and-run attacks, particularly in the northern city of Maiduguri, which was the epicentre of insurgency.

Suleija, a city near the federal capital Abuja, was rocked by two politically motivated bomb blasts in the months ahead of general elections in April. Several people were killed in the blasts.

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