Two dozen dead in Nigerian violence

April 7, 2013 at 10:40 AM
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ABUJA, Nigeria, April 7 (UPI) -- Attacks throughout Nigeria over the weekend left at least two dozen people dead and 12 police officers missing and feared dead, officials said.

Police said bandits attacked the Adamawa State home of Deputy Gov. Bala James Ngilari Saturday, killing two policemen standing guard before setting the house on fire.

Ngilari was not at home at the time of the attack and was not injured, Leadership Newspapers reported Sunday. The bandits also killed 11 other people in the area, Public Relations Officer, DSP Mohammed Ibrahim said, though one resident told the newspaper he counted 13 bodies in addition to the two guards.

In Jimeta, gunmen killed two people in Bishop Street before firing their weapons sporadically in the air to scare residents and fled the scene, Leadership reported.

In Karkashi, spokesman of the Special Task Force in Plateau State, Capt. Salisu Mustapher confirmed seven people died Saturday when gunmen stormed the area.

In Zango, a group of gunmen burnt more than 10 houses before being driven off by villagers, the report said. The villagers killed four of the attackers.

In Bayelsa State, 12 policemen were feared dead after a group of attackers opened fire on their stalled boat as they accompanied former militant leader Kile Selky Torughedi to the burial of his mother, Leadership reported.

Bayelsa Police Commissioner Kingsley Omire said the policemen cannot be declared dead until their bodies have been found.

Who conducted the weekend's attacks and whether they were all related was not reported.

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