Christian Martyrs by Gustave Dore

Christian Martyrs by Gustave Dore

Sunday, January 22, 2012

Nigeria: At least 156 dead in wave of bombings, shootings; Boko Haram jihadists claim responsibility

From Jihad Watch:

Nigeria: At least 156 dead in wave of bombings, shootings; Boko Haram jihadists claim responsibility
All of this is supposed to usher in a paradise under Sharia, just as soon as they can kill and terrorize enough people who would stand in the way. "Scores dead as assailants target northern Nigerian city," by Nima Elbagir and Hassan John for CNN, January 21:

Lagos, Nigeria (CNN) -- Nigeria imposed a 24-hour curfew Saturday in the northern city of Kano after assailants killed scores of people and wounded others in a hail of gunfire and coordinated bombings of eight government sites.
A military official told CNN that at least 156 people were dead and feared the number would rise.
"The hospitals are not equipped to deal with the influx and severity of the injuries, so we are expecting that figure to go up further," the official said.
Nwankpa Nwankpa, a Red Cross information officer in the capital, Abuja, said 50 people were injured in the attacks. He said that search and rescue operations are underway and volunteers are working to assist the injured.
The attacks targeted several police stations, barracks and the building housing the assistant inspector general of police in Kano, Nigeria's second largest city.
A passport office, state security headquarters and the immigration office were also hit, police said.
Terrified residents barricaded themselves in their homes, said Rev. Murtala Mati of the Christian Association of Nigeria.
"The government is really trying but we are afraid ... we are all scared," he said.
During the attack, assailants entered a police station, freed detainees and bombed it, authorities said. They later canvassed the area in a car led by motorcycles, spraying targets with gunfire.
Islamist group Boko Haram claimed responsibility for the blast in a phone call to the Daily Trust, according to journalists at the newspaper.
Nigeria closed its borders Saturday with Cameroon and Niger, whom it has accused of allowing the militants to move freely into Nigeria.
The government has put in place a state of emergency, and a large deployment of troops has been sent to the north of the country....
Boko Haram's conduct suggests it wants an open civil war between Christians and Muslims, which would make it easier for it to claim territory and impose Sharia.

Posted by Marisol on January 21, 2012 10:43 AM

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