Suspected Boko Haram attack on Nigerian town kills dozens

An attack by suspected Boko Haram militants on Bajoga town in northeast Gombe state of Nigeria reportedly killed dozens Thursday, according to security forces and witnesses.

Lagos: An attack by suspected Boko Haram militants on Bajoga town in northeast Gombe state of Nigeria reportedly killed dozens Thursday, according to security forces and witnesses.

The suspected Boko Haram fighters invaded the town while worshippers were concluding their early morning prayers, Xinhua reported.

According to a security source, the gunmen entered the town in a number of Hilux vans and started shooting.

The source said that the divisional police headquarters and the Police Area Command at Bajoga, as well as a bank were attacked and destroyed.

Security forces engaged the terrorists in a gun battle for about three hours and eventually repelled them, the Xinhua report said.

State police spokesperson Fwaje Atajiri said normalcy had been restored in the affected areas.

The raid follows a string of attacks by suspected Boko Haram fighters in Nigeria, including a suicide bomb and gun attack on a mosque in the northern city of Kano last Friday, which left at least 120 people dead, according to some accounts and a few days later, an attack on the Yobe State University in Damaturu.

Boko Haram, which has proved to be a major security threat in Nigeria since 2009, seeks to enshrine the Islamic Sharia law in the constitution of Africa's most populous country.

The radical Islamist terror group Boko Haram, a name, that is translated from the local dialect, means "non-Islamic education is a sin", has killed more than 3,000 people so far this year, according to the Nigerian government.

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