Attackers kill 3 North Korean doctors in Yobe

POTISKUM, Nigeria (AP) — Assailants in northeastern Nigeria killed three North Korean doctors, beheading one of the physicians, in the latest attack on health workers in a nation under assault by a radical Islamic sect, officials said Sunday.

The deaths Saturday night of the doctors 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 major city of Nigeria's predominantly Muslim north.

The two attacks raise new questions over whether the extremist sect, targeted by Nigeria's police and military, has picked a new soft target in its guerrilla campaign of shootings and bombings across the nation.

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.

By the time soldiers arrived at the house, they found the doctors' wives cowering in a flower bed outside their home. At the property, they found the corpses of the men, all bearing what appeared to be machete wounds.

An AP journalist later saw the North Korean 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.

The doctors lived in a quiet neighborhood filled with other modest homes in the town. There wasn't room to house them at the hospital, where they would have had some security protection, Mamman said.

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 as part of a medical program between the state and the North Korean government.

There are more than a dozen other North Korean doctors posted to the state under the program, which also includes engineers, Mamman said. He said all will receive immediate protection from security forces.

"It is very unfortunate," Mamman said of the killings.

Yobe state police commissioner Sanusi Rufai confirmed the attack took place and said officers had begun an investigation. Rufai said officers had made 10 arrests after the killings, though police in Nigeria routinely round up those living around the site of a crime, whether or not there is any evidence suggesting their complicity.

No one claimed responsibility for the attack, though suspicion fell on the Boko Haram sect.

Boko Haram, whose name means "Western education is sacrilege," has been attacking government buildings and security forces over the last year and a half. In 2012 alone, the group was blamed for killing at least 792 people, according to a count by The Associated Press.

The sect, which typically speaks to journalists in telephone conference calls at times of its choosing, could not be reached for comment Sunday. In recent months, however, Boko Haram has not claimed any attacks, raising questions about whether the shadowy sect that already had a loose command-and-control structure had splintered into smaller, independently operating terror groups.

Since late 2011, Potiskum, about 500 kilometers (300 miles) northeast of Nigeria's central capital, Abuja, has been targeted by Boko Haram fighters in attacks. The attacks killed dozens at a time and brought the deployment of a heavy contingent of police officers and soldiers to the town.

For the last few weeks, however, Potiskum has been quiet. Soldiers still mount a series of checkpoints throughout the town, where in the past the military has put neighborhoods in lockdown and launched door-to-door searches for militants.

Oil-rich Nigeria, home to more than 160 million people, maintains diplomatic relations with North Korea, which faces international criticism over its nuclear weapon program. In October, a delegation of Nigerian officials led by Minister of State for Foreign Affairs Viola Onwuliri visited North Korea.

Pyongyang's official Korean Central News Agency did not immediately report the three doctors' deaths Sunday. In Pyongyang earlier Sunday, North Koreans marked the Lunar New Year with pilgrimages to the giant statues of their late leaders.

The killings of the doctors come after the attack Friday on polio vaccinators in Kano, northern Nigeria's most populous city. No group has yet claimed responsibility for that attack either, though it follows alleged Boko Haram attacks now focusing on softer targets, like lightly guarded mobile phone towers. Those mobile phone tower attacks have limited the ability of residents and security forces to call for help during attacks, as well as have cut the government's ability to use the signals to track suspected militants.

In a statement Friday, President Goodluck Jonathan condemned the killings of the polio workers and promised that efforts to cut child mortality wouldn't be stopped by "mindless acts of terrorism."

"While the government will continue to do everything possible to track down and apprehend agents of terrorism in the country, the president has directed that enhanced security measures be put in place immediately for health workers in high-risk areas," the statement read.

Despite that promise, however, attackers were able to kill the North Korean doctors and apparently slip away. Reuben Abati, a presidential spokesman, did not respond to a request for comment Sunday.

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Re: 3 expatriate doctors murdered in Yobe
Enyi posted on 02-10-2013, 10:43:02 AM
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Demons in human clothing on the loose......someone is behind this.
This is the most stupidest and senseless thing to do....but then the perpetrators dont have any sense anyway.

The earlier the Northern elders and youth decide on if they want their own republic and do what they want without the center the better. They can carve their own Republic and do their thing their own way and leave the rest of the country alone.(they seem to have done so anyway)
Any foreigner that wants to work with them can go ahead at their own risk.

The real masses dont have a say in all the madness up there ....unfortunately....


Refer to the emboldened. What happens to the indigenous non-Muslims in the area? Don't they have the right to choose their lifestyle? The bottom line is that these wanton killings will continue until the Northern leaders are held accountable. As far as I am concerned Yerima and his group sowed the wind and we are all witnessing the whirlwind. In the meanwhile, the self-appointed leaders in the North are busy blaming poverty, marginalization and all sorts of irrelevancies rather than the fact that some of them deliberately mislead the people. What do we expect the masses to do when governors and supposedly educated men peddle falsehood in an attempt to score cheap political points?
Re: 3 expatriate doctors murdered in Yobe
Nezie posted on 02-10-2013, 11:28:39 AM
QUOTE:
Refer to the emboldened. What happens to the indigenous non-Muslims in the area? Don't they have the right to choose their lifestyle? The bottom line is that these wanton killings will continue until the Northern leaders are held accountable. As far as I am concerned Yerima and his group sowed the wind and we are all witnessing the whirlwind. In the meanwhile, the self-appointed leaders in the North are busy blaming poverty, marginalization and all sorts of irrelevancies rather than the fact that some of them deliberately mislead the people. What do we expect the masses to do when governors and supposedly educated men peddle falsehood in an attempt to score cheap political points?


@ Enyi my dear,

emj has a solution, at least;
but I struggled to get a solution from your post, nothing tangible - other than the long-worn refrain of blaming northern leaders. So long as Nigeria remains one country, if one part of Nigeria is bleeding as is in the north, the whole of Nigeria is bleeding, and may eventually bleed to death - with every body in it.
Re: 3 expatriate doctors murdered in Yobe
Nezie posted on 02-10-2013, 11:41:28 AM
QUOTE:
\"When written in Chinese the word crisis is composed of two characters. One represents danger, and the other represents opportunity.\"
â€\" John F. Kennedy

Therefore we should never let any crisis go to waste.


u spoke in tongues, but the people that are supposed to utilize your speech do not seem to be "Born Again" yet.
Re: 3 expatriate doctors murdered in Yobe
Nezie posted on 02-10-2013, 11:42:31 AM
QUOTE:
\"When written in Chinese the word crisis is composed of two characters. One represents danger, and the other represents opportunity.\"
â€\" John F. Kennedy

Therefore we should never let any crisis go to waste.


u spoke in tongues, but the people that are supposed to utilize your speech do not seem to be "Born Again" yet.
May the souls of the South Koreans rest in peace.
Re: 3 expatriate doctors murdered in Yobe
Emj posted on 02-10-2013, 12:06:32 PM
QUOTE:
Refer to the emboldened. What happens to the indigenous non-Muslims in the area? Don't they have the right to choose their lifestyle? The bottom line is that these wanton killings will continue until the Northern leaders are held accountable. As far as I am concerned Yerima and his group sowed the wind and we are all witnessing the whirlwind. In the meanwhile, the self-appointed leaders in the North are busy blaming poverty, marginalization and all sorts of irrelevancies rather than the fact that some of them deliberately mislead the people. What do we expect the masses to do when governors and supposedly educated men peddle falsehood in an attempt to score cheap political points?


I expect a masses revolt at the very minimum....but then it might be hijacked by jajanweeds.....
Btw my comment did not exclude non-muslims.....
Re: 3 expatriate doctors murdered in Yobe
Agensheku posted on 02-10-2013, 12:53:21 PM
QUOTE:
Demons in human clothing on the loose......someone is behind this.
This is the most stupidest and senseless thing to do....but then the perpetrators dont have any sense anyway.

The earlier the Northern elders and youth decide on if they want their own republic and do what they want without the center the better. They can carve their own Republic and do their thing their own way and leave the rest of the country alone.(they seem to have done so anyway)
Any foreigner that wants to work with them can go ahead at their own risk.

The real masses dont have a say in all the madness up there ....unfortunately....
Every killing by BH gets widely reported around the world. When foreigners are involved, the notoriety of the group goes to smear the wider image of Nigeria before the civilized world.

But, the impact is lost on our rulers who gallivant around the world, "looking for investors". Who would bring his investment to a nation where capital flight is in full force and where even our rulers are afraid to invest their own loot?
Re: 3 expatriate doctors murdered in Yobe
M. Akosa posted on 02-10-2013, 14:05:23 PM
QUOTE:
Every killing by BH gets widely reported around the world. When foreigners are involved, the notoriety of the group goes to smear the wider image of Nigeria before the civilized world.

But, the impact is lost on our rulers who gallivant around the world, \\"looking for investors\\". Who would bring his investment to a nation where capital flight is in full force and where even our rulers are afraid to invest their own loot?


Oh dear !

This is the best thing I have read on NVS this year.

Yeah..they will tell you there is something for you at home...in Nigeria good for you.
And yet they will pay astronomical amounts to go and seek treatment abroad for the most minor illness. Even the ones at the point of death will still go abroad to go and waste their money in the hope of miracles and cure for their hopeless conditions. Only to return in coffins instead.
They will pay a fortune to send their children to go and study abroad. Even at kindergarten level if they can, their children will not be seen anywhere near the schools in Nigeria. They buy properties and things for investment abroad at prices that will make you wonder if they still have any thing left again in Nigeria ?
And yet you can know them by their hallmark deceit of telling others to come to Nigeria instead, while themselves are doing exactly the opposite.

Crazy wicked people !
Re: 3 expatriate doctors murdered in Yobe
Emj posted on 02-10-2013, 14:11:25 PM
QUOTE:
Every killing by BH gets widely reported around the world. When foreigners are involved, the notoriety of the group goes to smear the wider image of Nigeria before the civilized world.

But, the impact is lost on our rulers who gallivant around the world, \"looking for investors\". Who would bring his investment to a nation where capital flight is in full force and where even our rulers are afraid to invest their own loot?



Eherm, which world is civilized?
The one that join to hold us down or the ones that pit one section against the other...

Blackman you are on your own o
Attackers kill 3 North Korean doctors in Yobe
NVS News / AP posted on 02-10-2013, 14:53:39 PM









POTISKUM, Nigeria (AP) — Assailants in northeastern Nigeria killed three North Korean doctors, beheading one of the physicians, in the latest attack on health workers in a nation under assault by a radical Islamic sect, officials said Sunday.user posted image​

The deaths Saturday night of the doctors 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 major city of Nigeria's predominantly Muslim north.

The two attacks raise new questions over whether the extremist sect, targeted by Nigeria's police and military, has picked a new soft target in its guerrilla campaign of shootings and bombings across the nation.

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.

By the time soldiers arrived at the house, they found the doctors' wives cowering in a flower bed outside their home. At the property, they found the corpses of the men, all bearing what appeared to be machete wounds.

An AP journalist later saw the North Korean 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.

The doctors lived in a quiet neighborhood filled with other modest homes in the town. There wasn't room to house them at the hospital, where they would have had some security protection, Mamman said.

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 as part of a medical program between the state and the North Korean government.

There are more than a dozen other North Korean doctors posted to the state under the program, which also includes engineers, Mamman said. He said all will receive immediate protection from security forces.

"It is very unfortunate," Mamman said of the killings.

Yobe state police commissioner Sanusi Rufai confirmed the attack took place and said officers had begun an investigation. Rufai said officers had made 10 arrests after the killings, though police in Nigeria routinely round up those living around the site of a crime, whether or not there is any evidence suggesting their complicity.

No one claimed responsibility for the attack, though suspicion fell on the Boko Haram sect.

Boko Haram, whose name means "Western education is sacrilege," has been attacking government buildings and security forces over the last year and a half. In 2012 alone, the group was blamed for killing at least 792 people, according to a count by The Associated Press.

The sect, which typically speaks to journalists in telephone conference calls at times of its choosing, could not be reached for comment Sunday. In recent months, however, Boko Haram has not claimed any attacks, raising questions about whether the shadowy sect that already had a loose command-and-control structure had splintered into smaller, independently operating terror groups.

Since late 2011, Potiskum, about 500 kilometers (300 miles) northeast of Nigeria's central capital, Abuja, has been targeted by Boko Haram fighters in attacks. The attacks killed dozens at a time and brought the deployment of a heavy contingent of police officers and soldiers to the town.

For the last few weeks, however, Potiskum has been quiet. Soldiers still mount a series of checkpoints throughout the town, where in the past the military has put neighborhoods in lockdown and launched door-to-door searches for militants.

Oil-rich Nigeria, home to more than 160 million people, maintains diplomatic relations with North Korea, which faces international criticism over its nuclear weapon program. In October, a delegation of Nigerian officials led by Minister of State for Foreign Affairs Viola Onwuliri visited North Korea.

Pyongyang's official Korean Central News Agency did not immediately report the three doctors' deaths Sunday. In Pyongyang earlier Sunday, North Koreans marked the Lunar New Year with pilgrimages to the giant statues of their late leaders.

The killings of the doctors come after the attack Friday on polio vaccinators in Kano, northern Nigeria's most populous city. No group has yet claimed responsibility for that attack either, though it follows alleged Boko Haram attacks now focusing on softer targets, like lightly guarded mobile phone towers. Those mobile phone tower attacks have limited the ability of residents and security forces to call for help during attacks, as well as have cut the government's ability to use the signals to track suspected militants.

In a statement Friday, President Goodluck Jonathan condemned the killings of the polio workers and promised that efforts to cut child mortality wouldn't be stopped by "mindless acts of terrorism."

"While the government will continue to do everything possible to track down and apprehend agents of terrorism in the country, the president has directed that enhanced security measures be put in place immediately for health workers in high-risk areas," the statement read.

Despite that promise, however, attackers were able to kill the North Korean doctors and apparently slip away. Reuben Abati, a presidential spokesman, did not respond to a request for comment Sunday.



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Re: 3 expatriate doctors murdered in Yobe
Nezie posted on 02-10-2013, 15:07:29 PM
QUOTE:
Eherm, which world is civilized?
The one that join to hold us down or the ones that pit one section against the other...

Blackman you are on your own o

Please enter Bus, forget what is written on the Bus. I think Agensheku meant to say the "developed world."

The true "blackmen" are those who believe Boko Haram violence is only northern Nigeria's problem. The violence is digging holes in the pockets of every Nigerian.
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