Thursday, August 25, 2011

Nigerian Islamist sect attacks kill 12 - police

25 August 2011

* Boko Haram bomb police station, killing 5 - police
* Seven die in bank raids by sect
* Presidential committee preparing sect report (Adds presidency quotes, background)

MAIDUGURI, Nigeria, Aug 25 (Reuters) - A radical Islamist sect bombed a police station and raided banks in a northeastern Nigerian town on Thursday, leaving 12 people dead including policemen and a soldier.

Boko Haram, whose name translates from the local northern Hausa language as "Western education is sinful", has been behind almost daily bombings and shootings, mostly targeting police in the northeast of Africa's most populous nation.

"The Boko Haram members have killed 12 people today," police commissioner of Adamawa state, A.T. Shinafa, told Reuters.

"They bombed Gombi police station, killing four policemen and one soldier before driving off to the First Bank and Union Bank where they killed seven staffers of the two banks and carted away an unspecified amount of money."

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