4 dead, churches burned in north Nigeria attack

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Posted: Nov 27, 2011 8:29 AM
4 dead, churches burned in north Nigeria attack

Witnesses and authorities say at least four people died in an apparent attack on a northeast Nigeria city that saw churches and businesses burned to the ground.

The attack happened Saturday night in the city of Geidam in Nigeria's Yobe state, which sits near the country's arid border with Niger.

Witnesses say attackers blew up a local police station and attacked a bank, as well as set fire to businesses and at least eight churches.

Yobe state police commissioner Sulaiman Lawal declined to comment Sunday, referring calls to the national police headquarters, where no one answered calls. Emergency officials declined to immediately comment.

The attacks come after a Nov. 4 attack in the state capital claimed by the radical Muslim sect known as Boko Haram that killed more than 100 people.