Gunmen suspected to be part of a radical Islamist sect that claimed responsibility for Christmas eve attacks that killed dozens on Tuesday shot dead two policemen in northern Nigeria, police said.
In two separate attacks in the northern city of Maiduguri, suspected Boko Haram gunmen killed a policeman and retired police officer while three civilians suffered gunshot wounds, Borno state police spokesman Lawal Abdullahi told AFP.
"There was an attack in Zinnari area of the city by gunmen suspected to be members of Boko Haram in which a retired police officer was killed and two civilians in his company were injured," Abdullahi said on the phone from Maiduguri.
"In a separate attack in Bulunkutu neighborhood gunmen believed to be sect members shot and killed a policeman and injured a civilian," Abdullahi said.
No arrest had been made in connection with the attacks.
This attack came barely a day after the sect claimed responsibility for multiple explosions in the central city of Jos on Christmas eve. At least 80 people were killed in those attacks and in reprisal killings.
The group also claimed to be behind the attack on three churches in Maiduguri on the same day in which six people were killed and a church was burnt down.
The sect has been blamed for a string of attacks in the north of the west African country targeting policemen and community leaders, especially in Maiduguri where it launched an armed uprising last year that was crushed in a brutal police and military assault which left hundreds of its members killed.