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Nigeria: Eight died in an attack on Nigeria northeast border town


MAIDUGURI, (Xinhua): Police source on Tuesday said a police inspector and seven civilians were killed in an attack on a police station and a bank in the Nigeria northeast state of Borno State by gunmen believed to be Boko Haram Islamists.

Residents of Gwoza, a serene settlement at the Nigeria-Cameroon border in the northeast Borno State, said the gunmen invaded the town at about 9 p.m., local time on Monday.

"They came few minutes to 9 p.m. shooting and throwing explosives at the divisional police station. Some of them were also attacking a bank at the same time," Ezekiel Adamu, a resident told Xinhua on phone.

Security sources said they might have hidden in a nearby village and waited till dusk to carry out the attack.

"A police inspector was killed while seven civilians were caught in the crossfire," a police officer who did not want his name mentioned said.

A resident said corpses of the seven civilians were evacuated by security operatives and later released to the families of the deceased on Tuesday morning.

Attacks are frequently reported in northern Borno State. Maiduguri, the state capital, seen as the base of the Boko Haram militia, has witnessed a series of deadly attacks in the past two years.

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