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6 Police Officers Killed In Shooting By Colleague In Northeastern Nigeria

The fratricide was said to have occurred when the police officer went on a rampage in Maiduguri, Borno State capital.

A Nigerian police officer opened fire on his colleagues killing at least six officers in the Northeastern city of Maiduguri.

The incident occurred at the quarters of the police college located in the Borno state capital after the police officer’s wife moved out due to domestic violence.

Two blocks of eight were also burnt as the officer went on rampage killing six members of the mobile police force, a paramilitary arm of the police. 

Two other individuals were injured in the incident and moved to a Specialist Hospital.

According to Daily Trust, the officer was subsequently detained at the State Criminal Investigation Department. 

It’s unclear if the armed officer was conducting routine police activity or part of the security operation in response to the terror threat in the region.

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