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Officers ambush Boko Haram members

March 22, 2012 at 11:54 AM   |   Comments

KANO, Nigeria, March 22 (UPI) -- A firefight broke out in Kano between Joint Task Force officers and members of the Nigerian Islamist extremist group Boko Haram, killing nine, officers say.

Early Wednesday morning, Boko Haram members carried out an attack on Unity Bank, as well as a police officer's home in Tundun-wada town. When JTF officers learned that Boko Haram members would flee to Kano following the attack, they laid an ambush.

When the firefight broke out, JTF officers outgunned sect members, forcing them to flee, the Nigerian Tribune reported. Officers shot and killed nine members and arrested two. The Tribune said officers also seized their vehicles, which contained their loot.

Officers confiscated a host of firearms, ammunition and tear gas, as well as police uniforms and a laptop.

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