Attackers kill 3 North Korean docs in Nigeria

Attackers in northeastern Nigeria killed three North Korean doctors, beheading one of the physicians, in the latest onslaught targeting health workers in a nation under assault by a radical Islamic sect, officials said Sunday.

The deaths Saturday night in Potiskum, a town in Yobe state long under attack by the sect known as Boko Haram, comes after gunmen killed at least nine women administering polio vaccines in Kano.

The attackers apparently struck at the North Korean doctors inside their home, said Dr Mohammed Mamman, chairman of the Hospital Managing Board of Yobe State. The North Korean doctors had no security guards at their residence and typically traveled around the city via three-wheel taxis without a police escort, officials said.

Soldiers arrived at the house and found the corpses of the men, all bearing what appeared to be machete wounds.

The doctors' corpses before they were moved to nearby Bauchi state for safe keeping. Two of the men had their throats slit. Attackers beheaded the other doctor.

Initially, doctors at the hospital who worked with the physicians identified them as being from South Korea, while police identified the dead as being from China. Ultimately, Mamman of the health board told journalists those killed were from North Korea and had lived in the state since 2005.

Yobe state police commissioner Sanusi Rufai said the police had made 10 arrests after the killings. No group has claimed responsibility for the attack.

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