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3 injured as Boko Haram attack police station, bank and beer parlour

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KANO (AFP) – Three policemen were shot and injured when suspected members of Islamist sect Boko Haram attacked a police station, a bank and a beer parlour in Yobe state, a security official said Sunday.

The gunmen threw explosives into a police station and an abandoned beer parlour in the town of Geidam, 160 kilometres (100 miles) from the state capital Damaturu, residents had said.

The attackers, armed with Kalashnikov rifles, also bombed a bank near the police station and carted away money from its vault.

Six churches, a shopping complex owned by a Christian and 11 cars parked therein were also destroyed by the assailants, he stated.

During the police station attack the assailants freed detained suspects and set the premises ablaze, making off with arms and ammunition,  a senior official of the Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps in Geidam town said.

A resident who stumbled while fleeing the scene of the attacks on Saturday also sustained injury, the source said, adding that the four injured people were being treated on Sunday at the town’s government hospital.

“Three policemen sustained gunshot wounds and a civilian resident also sustained injuries when he tumbled as he was scampering to safety,” the official said via telephone from Geidam.

Geidam is the home town of the Yobe state governor Ibrahim Gaidam.

Seven other shops were also broken into and looted, the source said.

“It was a miracle that no deaths were recorded given the scale of destruction resulting from the attacks,” said the official.

Police authorities on Sunday declined to comment on the incident.

The Boko Haram sect has claimed responsibility for multiple gun, bomb and suicide attacks this month in Damatur, targeting police and churches and killing 150 people.

The group also claimed responsibility for the August attack on the UN building in Abuja which claimed 24 lives.

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