Nigeria bank, police station attacked

2012-02-28 09:33

Kano - Gunmen hurled explosives and fired at a police station and a nearby bank in a northern Nigeria town in another of daily attacks blamed on Islamist sect Boko Haram, witnesses said.

The attack in Jama'are, a traditional emirate and town, north of Bauchi state, occurred 24 hours after a similar assault in another northern Nigerian town in which three policemen were killed.

Residents said a large number of gunmen were involved in the attack on Monday, but they were unclear about casualties.

"They arrived in cars and headed straight to the police station and a nearby bank, shooting and throwing explosives," said Tijjani Khalifa by phone from the town.

He said residents quickly moved indoors on hearing the sound of the explosions and gunshots.

"We don't know if there are casualties because everybody is at home," said another resident Muktar Dan-Abba.

Members of Boko Haram are also believed to rob banks to sponsor their activities.

No officials were immediately available for comment.