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Two police officers shot and killed in Kano

Channels Television  
Updated February 23, 2012

Gunmen suspected to be members of radical Islamic sect Boko Haram shot and killed two police officers in northern Nigeria’s largest city of Kano on Thursday and left two more injured, police officials confirmed.

The attacks come a day after security forces and sect members dueled in a shoot out battle in the early hours of Wednesday.

Radical Boko Haram sect, believed to be behind the police shooting, are known to target security officials and police posts. It recent most deadly attack took place in Nigeria’s second largest city on 20 January, claiming at least 185 lives.

Kano police spokesman Agaji Musa Majia said the unknown gunmen opened fire on a police foot patrol in the Gidan Murtala area of the city, Reuters reported.

“As a result of the attack, two died on the spot while two were injured and are now receiving treatment at a hospital.”

Majia said thorough investigations were being carried out and the surrounding area combed for suspects; he adds that 15 suspects have been apprehended since the dawn raids in Kano on Wednesday.