Suspected radical Islamists kill four in Nigeria

Suspected radical Islamists kill four in Nigeria Abuja: Suspected militants of Boko Haram on Monday killed at least four people, including a seven-year-old girl, in Nigeria's northern Yobe state, amid a wave of attacks by the the radical Islamist group.

The suspected militants opened fire into the house of a police sergeant in the northeastern town of Potiskum, killing his seven-year-old-daughter. The police sergeant managed to escape by scaling a fence. The shooting injured two of her siblings.

The group, which wants to install Sharia rule in the country, also shot dead three people in a separate raid after the attack.

In the neighbouring town of Dikwa, which is the second largest emirate for ethnic Kanuris, the group set ablaze a police station, a bank and hotel.

They killed a former local council chief, Babagana Ali Karim, a police sergeant and another civilian, forcing the deployment of troops from nearby military units in order to stop the violence.

Three member of the readical group were also killed in crossfire between Boko Haram and soldiers, military spokesman Lt. Col. Sagir Musa said.

"Between 01:35 to 02:45 hours on Monday, suspected Boko Haran terrorists attacked and burnt Dikwa police station, Unity Bank, Freedom hotel and attempted to burn Dikwa local government secretariat," he said.

Musa said items recovered include an unregistered Isuzu pick up van, a pump action gun, an AK47 rifle, a double barrel gun, a box loaded with assorted ammunition, 19 empty magazine of AK47 rifle, a bullet proof jacket, a crash helmet and a DVD player.

The latest violence blamed on Boko Haram comes a day after over 40 people were killed in two car bomb explosions near a church during Easter Sunday services in the northern Nigerian city of Kaduna.