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Gunfight in Nigeria between police and members of Boko Haram after election candidate murdered
From The Canadian Press
MAIDUGURI, Nigeria — Gunmen attacked a police checkpoint in restive northern Nigeria on Sunday, killing a policeman and leading police to shoot dead two of the gunmen, police said. Police commissioner Mohammed Abubakar said the gunmen attacked Sunday morning. He said police believe the attackers were members of a radical Muslim sect.
"One of our policemen was killed today, Sunday, while two members of the Boko Haram gunmen were also gunned down during an exchange of gunshots at the Pompomari Housing estate in Maiduguri," Abubakar said. "Our men have also killed two of the attackers whom we believe are members of the outlawed Boko Haram sect."
He said the attack has prompted police to staff each of the city's more than 25 checkpoints with at least 10 policemen.
Earlier Sunday, Abubakar said police in the northern Nigeria city had arrested 19 people over the slaying of the region's dominant gubernatorial candidate. Modu Fannami Gubio was the Borno state candidate of the All Nigeria People's Party, a conservative party dominant in Nigeria's Muslim north, for the upcoming April elections. The party already controls politics in Borno state. He was killed Friday with six others. No one immediately claimed responsibility for the killing. However, the attack mirrors the style used by Boko Haram.
Suspected Boko Haram members have used motorcycle-riding gunmen to attack soldiers and police manning checkpoints throughout Borno state, as well as those who publicly oppose the group. But much remains murky about Boko Haram's intentions, and whether all the killings in Maiduguri are due to the group's reemergence.