KANO (AFP) – Gunmen shot dead a
policeman at his home in northern
Nigeria in an apparent targeted killing,
police said Tuesday, in an incident similar
to dozens of other murders blamed on an
The policeman was killed by two
motorcycle-riding gunmen who knocked
on his door in Damaturu in Yobe state on
Monday, state police commissioner
Sulaimon Lawal told AFP.
“The assailants shot him as soon as he
answered the door and took off on their
motorcycle,” he said.
“It was a clear case of a targetted killing
because the compound the policeman was
living in houses eight other policemen, but
the killers singled him out.”
Lawal could not say who was behind the
killing and no arrest had been made.
The Islamist sect known as Boko Haram
has been blamed for scores of bombings
and shootings, often targeting police and
soldiers. Most of the violence has occurred
in the northeastern city of Maiduguri.
The sect also claimed responsibility for the
August 26 bomb blast at UN headquarters
in Abuja that killed at least 24 people