Abuja: At least six people, including a policeman and a soldier, were killed as suspected members of the radical Islamic sect Boko Haram raided banks in northern Nigeria, in an apparent bid to raise money for future attacks.
   
The attack took place in the town of Azare in the northern state of Bauchi and the group targeted the Intercontinental Bank PLC and Guaranty Trust Bank PLC, Police Commissioner for the state, Ikechukwu Aduba said.
   
According to him, the casualties include one police officer, a soldier and four other people.
   
"The attack lasted for four hours and no arrest have been made yet" he said, adding that Boko Haram, that has been involved in similar raids, is suspected to be involved in Sunday's attacks as well.
   
However, the group has not claimed responsibility for the robbery.
   
Last month, Boko Haram members had attacked another northern town of Damaturu, killing more than 100 people.
   
A suicide attack at the United Nations headquarters by the same group in the capital Abuja earlier this year left 24 people dead and 116 injured.
   
Boko Haram wants the establishment of Islamic sharia rule in Nigeria.

(Agencies)