Nigeria bombers attempt prison break, kill two police

By REUTERS
February 25, 2012 13:27

 
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LAGOS - Gunmen set off bombs in an attempted prison break in the northeast Nigerian city of Gombe late on Friday and then blew up the local police station, killing two policeman, the city's commissioner of police said.

Witnesses in Gombe heard multiple explosions late on Friday in the city, which has been largely free of the Boko Haram Islamist insurgency plaguing the north of Africa's top oil producer.

"There were several explosions. They wanted to break open the prison, but the policemen on guard there repelled them," Gombe police commissioner Gandi Ebikeme Orubebe told Reuters by phone.

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