Police: Attack by gunmen on French cement factory in northeast Nigeria repelled

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A Nigerian police spokesman says an attack by gunmen on a French-owned cement factory has been repelled in northeast Nigeria, where security forces are battling an Islamic uprising.

Deputy Superintendent Fwaje Atajiri says the gunmen tried to shoot their way into the compound early Thursday but were fought off by police and soldiers.

An attack on the same Ashaka Cement factory, a subsidiary of Lafarge SA in Gombe state, was carried out a month ago by suspected gunmen of the Boko Haram extremist group. The gunmen got away with large amounts of dynamite loaded onto pickup trucks. No one was killed.

Boko Haram has been blamed for numerous deadly bombings, with blasts killing at least 288 people in the past two weeks.