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Two dead in Bauchi, Boko Haram accused

23 July 2013, 09:04

Kano - A girl and a policeman died in an attack in Bauchi state which the army blamed on the Islamist insurgent group Boko Haram.

The attack at the home of a Muslim cleric in Darazo, Bauchi State, was the first attributed to the extremist separatists since the startof Ramadan.

"The gunmen came on motorcycles and headed straight to the home of the cleric and opened fire indiscriminately, killing a girl and a policeman living in the area," local resident Baffale Sanusi told AFP by telephone.

A military source confirmed the deaths and said two more people were wounded in the attack which took place at the time of Muslim evening prayers.

"We have received reports of shootings in Darazo this evening and we have mobilised troops from nearby military to the town to deal with the situation," a senior military source in Bauchi told AFP.

"We strongly suspect Boko Haram gunmen are behind the shootings," the source said.

Another local resident, Umar Mato, said the streets were deserted after the attack as soldiers "laid siege on the town looking for the gunmen".

-    AFP



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