6 November, 2012
LAGOS, Nigeria (AP)
Police in Nigeria say gunmen attacked a major police station near the country’s capital that is holding members of a radical Islamist sect, freeing some prisoners.
A statement confirmed an attack happened early Monday morning at the
Special Anti-Robbery Squad station near
Abuja. Federal police spokesman Frank
Mba said the gunmen’s assault allowed
some 30 prisoners to escape. Mba said 25 had already been recaptured. That station is holding suspected members of the radical Islamist sect known as Boko Haram.
Mba denied any Boko Haram members escaped in the attack, though security officials routinely downplay such attacks.
Boko Haram is blamed for killing more
than 760 people this year alone. The
attack Monday comes after suicide
bombings at a church at a military base
Sunday killed at least 11.