Attackers wound 4 policemen in northeast Nigeria

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Posted: Aug 08, 2011 11:04 AM
Attackers wound 4 policemen in northeast Nigeria

Police say four policemen in Nigeria's restive northeast were wounded after men attacked them with explosives at a security checkpoint.

Bauchi State police spokesman Mohammad Barau said Monday that two motorcycle-mounted men threw a parcel containing explosives at a police checkpoint in the city of Bauchi.

Barau did not say if the police suspected anyone. However, similar motorcycle-mounted attacks targeting security officers have been blamed on a radical Muslim sect locally known as Boko Haram in the city of Maiduguri, some 280 miles (450 kilometers) away.

The group has claimed responsibility _ in unverified statements _ for multiple May blasts that hit Bauchi, another city and a town near the capital, killing 18 people.

Boko Haram seeks the strict implementation of Shariah law in northern Nigeria.