Thursday, May 3, 2012
Nigeria's Potiskum cattle market raid '34 killed in Yobe'
Witnesses say they saw several bodies being removed after the market in Potiskum, Yobe state, was set on fire by gunmen armed with explosives.
A hospital source told the AFP news agency that up to 34 people had died.
Police say the attack may be in revenge for the killing by traders of a man who had earlier tried to steal cattle.
'Threw explosives' "A group of gunmen armed with around 20 explosives and assault rifles attacked the Potiskum cattle market," police spokesman Toyin Gbadegesin told AFP.
"They threw explosives and shot indiscriminately, setting fire to the market, killing lots of livestock and wounding many people, mostly cattle dealers," he said.
The normally busy market was razed to the ground late on Wednesday and many animals were also burned to death, residents say.
Correspondents say the attack does not appear to be the work of the radical Islamist group Boko Haram, which has carried out deadly bombings and shootings across northern Nigeria in the past 20 months.
Cattle raids are common in the north of Nigeria.