Gunmen kill at least 31 in Nigerian city
NIGERIA: Gunmen killed eight people in Nigeria's troubled city of
Potiskum Saturday, raising the death toll to 31 for three days of
violence in the northeastern town, police and residents said. The body
of a school principal was found near his house on Saturday, after seven
people had been reportedly slaughtered in the city and 23 earlier killed
following blasts and shootings on Thursday. In the eastern state of
Adamawa, the bodies were found of nine people who residents charged were
executed by soldiers hunting suspects in a roadside bomb blast four days
earlier. Suspected members of the Boko Haram Islamist group shot dead
seven people, including a retired customs chief and an ex-police officer
early Saturday, police said.
“I have received reports of the killing of a retired controller of
customs and a retired police officer and five members of their family by
Boko Haram gunmen in Potiskum this morning,” Yobe state police
commissioner Patrick Egbuniwe told AFP.
Egbuniwe said the gunmen killed the ex-customs officer Ajiya Waziri
and his medical doctor son, before the attack on the police officer and
four members of his family.
Residents said Waziri and his son were abducted from their house and
taken to the outskirts of the city where they were shot dead. Their
bodies were dumped on the roadside.
A domestic staff said around 10 gunmen took away cash and other
valuables from the house before setting it ablaze.
“Their bodies were found with bullet wounds on the outskirts of the
city later today,” he said. Residents said the gunmen also broke into
the house of Haruna Adamu, a retired assistant superintendent of police
in the Sabon Layi area of the city.