Gunmen kill five in Nigerian bar
4/25/2012 4:00:05 PM -
KANO, Nigeria (AFP) - Gunmen killed five people, including a police officer and a politician, at a bar in Nigeria in an area previously hit by a bomb blast blamed on Islamists, residents and a doctor said Wednesday.
Three gunmen stormed the bar in Damaturu, capital of northeastern Yobe State, late Tuesday and shot dead their victims as they sat around a table, a witness told AFP.
"The attackers ... shot dead five people at a table and drove off," said the witness. He said a police officer, a local politician and a senior state government official were among the dead.
Police could not be reached for comment, but a doctor at a state-run Damaturu hospital said five bodies were deposited at the morgue late Tuesday.
"The body of the police officer was taken away by his colleagues this morning while the other four bodies are still in the morgue," the doctor who spoke on condition of anonymity told AFP.
Although no group has claimed responsibility for the attack, Islamist group Boko Haram was blamed for an explosion at a nearby open-air bar in January that wounded several people.
The group has carried out other attacks in Yobe, including coordinated bombings and gun assaults targeting security forces in Damaturu in November that killed about 100 people.
Boko Haram's insurgency, mainly in northern Nigeria, has left more than 1,000 people dead since mid-2009.