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Three N. Korean doctors slain in north-eastern Nigeria

Published on Feb 11, 2013 6:11 AM

KANO, Nigeria (AFP) - Men armed with knives slit the throats of three North Korean doctors in a pre-dawn attack on Sunday in a volatile town in northeastern Nigeria in the latest in a spate of such killings in recent months, police said.

The attack in Potiskum also came just two days after gunmen killed at least 10 people in horrifying attacks on two Nigerian polio clinics in a new blow to the campaign to wipe out the disease, but it was not clear if the incidents were related.

Yobe State police commissioner Sanusi Rufa'i would not say if the Islamist group Boko Haram, which has been active in Potiskum, was responsible for Sunday's killings, but that the attack was being investigated.

He said unknown attackers scaled the fence of an apartment housing the three doctors at around 1am and slit their throats, initially describing the victims as Chinese, then as South Koreans, before finally saying they were from North Korea. "The three men were from North Korea and not South Korea," Yobe state police commissioner Sanusi Rufa'i told AFP. "They were doctors working in Potiskum on behalf of the state government."

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