These are becoming a daily occurrence, as Boko Haram continues to focus its attacks on institutions and practices that are contrary to government by Sharia alone. “Nigerian Islamists kill 7 in police station, bank raid,” by Pius Utomi Ekpei for Agence France Presse, June 20:
Suspected members of the radical Boko Haram Islamist sect on Monday staged simultaneous bomb and gun attacks on a police station and a bank killing seven people, witnesses and local journalists said.
The dead included five policemen, witnesses said, in an attack coming just four days after the sect bombed the country’s police headquarters in the capital Abuja killing at least two.
A gang of 10 gunmen launched the two attacks on a police station and a bank in Kankara town, 13O [sic] kilometres (80 miles) south of the northern city of Katsina.
“The attackers were 10 in all, divided themselves in two groups and attacked the bank and the police station at the same time with guns and bombs,” Kankara resident Salmanu Jabir said.
“One group attacked the divisional police station, killing three policemen … and setting free suspects from cells before bombing the police station,” another Kankara resident Danjuma Nakande told AFP on the phone from the town.
He said the attackers fled carrying guns and ammunition, suspected to have been seized from the police station.
“While the attack on the police station was on, another group was robbing the bank,” Nakande said.
The group threw a bomb at an electronic door of a bank along the same road as the police station and made off with cash. They shot dead two policemen and a bank security guard in the process, said another resident Salmanu Male….
Engaging in riba, or the charging of interest? Haram! Blowing up the bank and making off with the cash? Halal!