Nine killed by Boko Haram militants in shootout in Nigeria



Abuja: Radical Islamist sect Boko Haram militants stormed a police station in northeast Nigeria's Yobe state on Thursday, sparking a shootout in which four policemen and five insurgents were killed, officials said.

Gunmen came in the wee hours of the morning to attack a police station located in Babann Gida village, Yobe state commissioner of police Sanusi Rufai said.

"Four of our men were killed by the insurgents and we also killed five of the attackers who fled with the dead bodies of their members," Rufai said.

Boko Haram carries out frequent attacks on police stations and other public institutions in the northern part of the oil rich African country.

They engage in suicide bombings, shootings, remote controlled bombings in their quest to install an Islamic caliphate in the northern part of the country.

PTI