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Islamists steal police arms in northern Nigeria raid


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A man walks past rubble of the Islamic sect Boko Haram burnt by the police in Maiduguri, Borno State in 2010 (AFP/File, Pius Utomi Ekpei)

Islamists steal police arms in northern Nigeria raid

KANO, Nigeria — Gunmen suspected of being members of an Islamist sect raided a police station overnight in the northern Nigerian state of Bauchi, stealing weapons, police said Wednesday.

Police did not state how many weapons were seized from the station in the town of Toro, 100 kilometres (60 miles) from the state capital Bauchi.

"Weapons were taken during the attack. We are working on an inventory so we don't have details," state police spokesman Mohammed Barau told AFP.

Barau said police suspected the attackers were members of Boko Haram.

He said no one was killed or injured in the raid.

Toro residents said the gunmen, who outnumbered the policemen on duty, opened fire at the station and emptied it of its weapons.

"When they realised they were outnumbered by the attackers who had superior fire power the policemen on duty abandoned the police station and scampered to safety while the attackers, shouting 'Allahu Akbar' went into the police station and emptied the armoury," Yahaya Husseini said.

Another resident Shehu Abdullahi, who was also at the police station soon after the attackers left, said: "All the weapons in the police station were taken away by the attackers and the only two left were the ones carried by the two policemen on duty".

The attack came hours after Bauchi police raided a Boko Haram hideout in an area of the city where it arrested and injured some of the suspected members in a shootout, Barau said.

Bauchi state governor Isa Yuguda a week ago apologized to Boko Haram for his role in any rights abuse the sect members suffered during a military crackdown on the group's armed uprising in 2009.

Boko Haram is based in northeastern Borno state but has also been active in Bauchi state.

It staged a prison raid in September last year, freeing more than 700 inmates, and recently said it was behind bomb attacks on an open air beer garden at a military barracks on May 29 when President Goodluck Jonathan was sworn in.

 

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