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Gunmen attack police station in Kano

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Vanguard (AFP)
29 January 2012

Kano – (AFP) Gunmen attacked a police station on Sunday in Nigeria’s flashpoint city of Kano sparking a shootout with police, witnesses and police said.

The attack followed the January 20 assault by the Islamist group Boko Haram that killed at least 185 people in the city — and after a string of recent threats of more violence from the group.

“A large number of gunmen stormed the area at prayer time and opened fire on the police station,” local resident Kabiru Maikatako told AFP.

“The police fired back and a shootout has been going on for the past 30 minutes,” he added.

“I am now trapped in my (timber) shed. It is shooting all around and the whole area has been deserted. Only the police and the attackers are shooting at each other.”

Kano state police commissionner Ibrahim Idriss confirmed the attack.

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