Police said three policemen and a civilian were shot and killed at a residence in Maiduguri, Nigeria, by suspected members of a radical Muslim sect on Friday.
Simeon Midenda, Borno state police commissioner, said the men were watching television when gunmen burst into the room and shot them. He said the bodies have been taken to the University of Maiduguri Teaching Hospital.
He blamed the attack on a group known as Boko Haram, which means “Western education is sacrilege” in the local Hausa language. The group is responsible for a rash of killings targeting security officers, local leaders and clerics in the area over the last year.
The police commissioner of Yobe, another state in the remote northeast on the Niger border, said one of his patrols arrested eight members of Boko Haram behind a bomb attack last week and transferred them to police headquarters in Abuja.
The Boko Haram sect also want sharia law more widely applied across Nigeria.