Gunmen kill 4 in pub attacks in Northeast Nigeria

Last Updated: Saturday, January 14, 2012 - 23:38

Kano: Four people were killed after
gunmen attacked two pubs in northeastern Nigeria, amid a wave
of such violence blamed on Islamist group Boko Haram,
residents and police said on Saturday.

The attacks occurred in two neighbouring states yesterday
night and involved gunmen riding on motorcycles storming in on
the drinking spots.

"Unknown gunmen attacked a beer parlour at BCJ district
and killed two persons," Gombe state police spokesman Ahmed
Mohammed said on the phone.

Umar Dukku, a resident in the area said two gunmen
into the bar and fired indiscriminately. One person was
wounded in the attack.

"They just fired into the beer parlour and zoomed off on
the motorcycle they parked outside," Dukku said.

In nearby Adamawa state two gunmen arrived on a motorbike
and opened fire on an open-air pub in the Dandu area in the
state capital Yola late yesterday, also wounding a policeman
while fleeing.

"We took two dead bodies of the victims to the hospital
last night. "The gunmen arrived in the area and opened fire on
people drinking at the open air tavern," a local community
leader Tijjani Tukur said.

Adamawa state police spokeswoman Altine Daniel confirmed
the attack but said only a policeman was injured.

"There was an attack on an outdoor beer joint by some
gunmen last night in which a policeman was shot in the leg and
is being treated in hospital," Daniel said.

Adamawa has been hit by a series of such attacks in
days, with much of the violence blamed on the radical Islamist
Boko Haram.


First Published: Saturday, January 14, 2012 - 23:38

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