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Gunmen kill several police officers in Nigeria

Tuesday - 8/20/2013, 5:09pm  ET

KAJURU, Nigeria (AP) -- Witnesses say unidentified gunmen have attacked a divisional police headquarters in northern Nigeria and killed three officers.

Police Deputy Superintendent Aminu Lawan confirmed the attack early Tuesday, but said only two officers died when police confronted suspected armed robbers and pursued them to the police station.

The witnesses -- two constables who escaped the violence -- said the attackers in vehicles with sophisticated weapons targeted the police station and outgunned the officers there. The constables said a superintendent and sergeant died at the scene and a female officer on the way to the hospital. The witnesses spoke on condition of anonymity because they are not allowed to give information to reporters.

Extremists fighting in an Islamic uprising have attacked police and freed prisoners in northern Nigeria.

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