Nigeria cops, Islamists in shoot-out

2012-06-20 15:45

Maiduguri - Police say at least 34 civilians and six security officers were killed in sectarian violence that engulfed a city in Nigeria's northeast.

Yobe State police chief Patrick Egbuniwe said on Wednesday that four policemen and two soldiers were among the dead after a radical Islamist sect known as Boko Haram unleashed multiple attacks in Damaturu.

Boko Haram launched its attacks Monday evening. A gun battle with security forces lasted well into Tuesday.

The death toll is expected to rise as rescuers continue to search for the wounded and the dead. Officials had previously said at least 25 people died.

The city was deserted on Wednesday. The government imposed a round-the-clock curfew that left residents trapped wherever they were when violence erupted.

Across the city, people are running out of food, medicine and water.

  • henry.bosman.5 - 2012-06-20 16:21

    Yip , religion of peace....curse the day that man heard bells clanging in his head.

  • fred.fraser.12 - 2012-06-20 19:30

    Dee, is NATO involved at all? No. Yet civilians are being killed by Islamic fundamentalists. How do you propose they be protected?

  • elom.paulo1 - 2012-06-23 11:38

    I think the nation is now beyond d control of the head of state nd his men,it have reached the extent where the nation have to divide,if so pls lets divide so that we cannot be in darkness anymore.we reached 50 last yr nd we are still under naija citizens colonial where our fellow citizens 're colonizing us wheras the word of God said we re no mre under cage,zephaniah 3 v 15 said that we shall nt witness disaster again.why!why!!why!!!. Pls let unity nd peace reign in our nation

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