Four men suspected to be agents of the Boko Haram sect have shot dead a member of the Nigerian Security and Civil Defence Corps and three members of his family in Kano.
They killed the officer, his wife, his three year old daughter and his crippled brother staying with him, police sources told a news agency today.
The victims were all locked up in a room and shot dead in the home of the yet to be identified NSCDC officer in Hotoron Gabas district.
Neighbours said they saw the four men arriving on two motor cycles and entering the house.
After the killing, they jumped back on their bikes and sped off.
Kano, since the 20 January multiple attacks by the Boko Haram sect, has been experiencing isolated attacks by militants of the sect, such as throwing bombs at police patrol vehicles or check points or killing people at their homes or on the street. In June, an SSS officer was shot dead by the sect in his house.