On May 3 2012, unknown assailants attacked a cattle market, killing up to 60 people.
2012 Christmas Church Killings
On 25 December 2012, a number of gunmen killed six while attacking a Church in the village of Jiri. Security experts believed Boko Haram radicals were targeting worshippers in an attempt to spark a religious conflict between Nigeria's Christians and Muslims. Many churches in Kano and elsewhere in the northeast, a regional strongholed of Boko Haram, were almost empty for Christmas Day services on Tuesday, local residents had testified.
2013 Doctor assassinations
On the night of Saturday, February 9, 2013, assailants, possibly from the radical Islamic sect Boko Haram (Arabic for "Western education is a sacrilege"), killed three doctors using machetes to slit their throats; one of the dead doctors had been beheaded. The doctors, who are now believed to be North Korean, working in a cooperative program between North Korea's government and Yobe State, had no guards at their house and traveled around via three-wheel taxis with little security. Potiskum has previously suffered from attacks, but had been relatively quiet in recent months. These murders come after the murders Friday of polio workers in Kano, Nigeria, the most populous city in the country's north, which were also believed to be committed by Boko Haram, which was loosely organized and may have split up into smaller groups. 
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