Gunmen suspected of belonging to the Nigerian Islamist group Boko Haram killed three police officers yesterday during an attack in the northeastern Adamawa state, police said.
The assailants burned down a police headquarters located in Gulak, in Madagali local government area of the state, spokesman Nemuel Yoila said by phone today from Yola, the capital of Adamawa.
The gunmen also raided a bank in the town, seizing an undisclosed sum of money, Yoila said.
Authorities in Nigeria, Africa’s top oil producer, blame Boko Haram, which wants to impose strict Islamic law in the country, for attacks in the mainly Muslim north and in the capital Abuja that have killed hundreds of people this year.
Boko Haram began its violent campaign in 2009 in Africa’s most populous nation, which is roughly split between a mainly Muslim north and predominantly Christian south.