* Radical Islamist sect has killed hundreds in Borno state
* Insurgency has contributed to breakdown of order
MAIDUGURI, Nigeria Nov 8 Two Chinese
construction workers have been shot dead by unknown gunmen in
Nigeria's northeast Borno state, the police said on Thursday, in
a region plagued by an Islamist insurgency.
The killings bring to four the number of Chinese workers
killed in the last month in Borno, after gunmen suspected of
being robbers killed two construction workers in October.
Radical Islamist sect Boko Haram has killed hundreds in bomb
and gun attacks in Borno state since it launched an uprising
there in 2009, mostly targeting figures of authority.
"At about 8 a.m. (Wednesday) some gunmen shot and killed two
Chinese construction workers at Benisheik in Kaga local
government of Borno state," Police Commissioner Abdullahi Yuguda
He said a policeman was killed and several officers injured
in Banki, another area in Borno, on Wednesday when they were
attacked by gunmen.
Boko Haram's insurgency has contributed to a breakdown in
order across the north of Africa's most populous nation and
security sources believe criminal gangs carry out deadly armed
robberies knowing Boko Haram is likely to be blamed.
Styled on the Afghan Taliban, the sect's purported leader
Abubakar Shekau has said he wants to impose sharia, Islamic law,
on the country of 160 million people, around half of whom are
Christians and the other half Muslim. His movement has become
the number one security threat to Africa's top energy producer.
Western governments are increasingly concerned about the
links Boko Haram has with outside groups, including al Qaeda's
north African arm.
(Reporting by Ibrahim Mshelizza; Writing by Joe Brock; Editing
by Michael Roddy)