Nigerian violence continues to rise

March 22, 2012 at 11:30 AM
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PORT HARCOURT, Nigeria, March 22 (UPI) -- Nigeria's Joint Military Task Force has killed nine gunmen in Tudun Wada in Kano state.

Kano state is northern Nigeria's economic center and is an area where the Islamic fundamentalist sect Boko Haram, which is fighting for a Muslim state, is active.

Kano state Brigade Commander of the 3 Brigade Barracks Bukavu, Brig. Gen. Iliyasu Abba, said the gunmen, believed to be Boko Haram members, had burned a police station, the Unity Bank and the house of the Divisional Police Officer while stealing a massive cache of arms and ammunition, the Rivers state-owned daily Port Harcourt Telegraph reported Thursday.

Abba said two people were captured during the encounter and are currently being interrogated. Among the weapons recovered at the scene were two AK 47 assault rifles, three pistols, two small guns, one long-range small rifle and 29 ammunition magazines. Those arrested were paraded before reporters along with the bodies of the nine killed.

Abba told journalists the JTF barracks received a call when the gunmen began their attack and immediately dispatched troops to Tudun Wada, about 65 miles from the Kano state capital.

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