Nigerian prison, police station attacked

2012-03-07 12:46

Kano - Suspected Islamists have attacked a prison, police station and a local government office in northeastern Nigeria, wounding at least three police officers, officials and residents said on Wednesday.

"The [police] station was set ablaze," police spokesperson Samuel Tizhe told AFP of the attack in Konduga on Tuesday night.

"They attacked the secretariat and prison ... They started with firing, then they put explosives."

Residents said they suspected the attackers were members of Islamist group Boko Haram, though Tizhe declined to comment on who the suspects were. The spokesperson said at least three policemen were wounded and no deaths reported.

Konduga is located some 40km from Maiduguri, which has served as the base of Boko Haram, blamed for scores of attacks that have killed hundreds, mainly in Nigeria's north.

Residents said gunmen stormed Konduga on Tuesday evening, shooting and bombing the police station and local government office. One resident said a church was also attacked, but police have not confirmed the information.

Hundreds of people fled the violence, but calm had returned on Wednesday morning.

"We had just finished our evening prayers when explosions and shootings erupted which set the divisional police station, the local government secretariat and a church on fire," one fleeing resident told AFP by telephone.