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Gunmen kill five-year-old boy in Bajju community – police

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KANO,  (AFP) – Two people were killed and three injured following an attack by unknown gunmen in a community in Kano town where 400 had been  killed in post-election violence in April, police said Monday.

“We received report of an attack by 10 gunmen on the home of the chief of Bajju community in which two were shot and killed, including a five-year-old boy, and three seriously injured,” Kaduna State police spokesman Aminu Lawal told AFP.

He said the incident happened on Sunday night in Christian-dominated Bajju village outside the town of Zonkwa in southern Kaduna State where post-election violence in April had  left at least 400 dead.

The police spokesman added that the attackers, dressed in black, fired sporadically in the compound, adding that some 30 bullet shells were recovered after the attack.

“We have arrested one suspect who is assisting us with our investigation and a team of policemen deployed to the village is still on the look-out for the attackers,” Lawal said, refusing to say whether the attack was linked to the April unrest.

The victory of President Goodluck Jonathan in the April vote sparked deadly ethnic and sectarian riots in Zonkwa in which some 400 people, mainly Muslim residents, were killed with thousands displaced, according to rights groups.

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