Gunmen kill police, soldier in Nigeria

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Suspected separatist gunmen have killed a soldier and a po-liceman in two attacks in Nige-ria’s restive southeast, officials said, in a region where agitation for a breakaway state has been on the rise.

Southeast Nigeria has seen a surge in violence, with more than 130 police and other security per-sonnel killed by gunmen this year, according to a local media tallies.

Authorities have blamed attacks on the outlawed Indigenous Peo-ple of Biafra or IPOB movement, which calls for a separate state for the ethnic Igbo people, or its armed wing the Eastern Security Network or ESN.

Gunmen attacked the police sta-tion in Imo State on Tuesday, killing one officer. “The incident happened yester-day. The gunmen burned down the divisonal police headquarters at Arondizuogu in Ideato council of Imo State, killing a policeman.—Agencies

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