Sunday, November 6, 2011

Islamist Attacks 'Kill 150' In Nigeria - 6th Nov 2011

At least 150 people have reportedly been killed and a number of government buildings were left in ruins after co-ordinated attacks in Nigeria.

A radical Muslim sect, known locally as Boko Haram, has claimed responsibility for the attacks in Borno and Yobe states, with the worst damage cause in the city of Damaturu.

The group has also pledged to continue its sectarian fight against Nigeria's weak central government.

"There's that fear that something might possibly happen again," Nigerian Red Cross official Ibrahim Bulama said.

A rescue agency official told AFP: "I was involved in the evacuation of corpses to the morgue. I personally counted 150 bodies."

In Damaturu, the capital of Yobe state, a car bomb exploded outside a three-storey building used as a military office and barracks, killing many uniformed security agents, Mr Bulama said.

Gunmen then went through the town late on Friday night, blowing up a bank and attacking at least three police stations and five churches, leaving them in rubble, officials said. Read More