Friday, March 23, 2012

Further Boko Haram Attacks in Nigeria

The attack by the sect known as Boko Haram happened overnight in Tundun Wada in Kano state, a city about 60 miles (100 kilometers) from the capital city of Kano. There, gunmen attacked a police headquarters, the home of a senior police officer and set fire to a nearby bank, Brig. Gen. Iliyasu Abba told journalists during a briefing Wednesday.

The gunmen stole police uniforms, Kalashnikov rifles, bulletproof vests and ammunition before leaving for a road back to Kano, Abba said. There, military forces who received a distress call from the town attacked them, killing nine suspected sect members, he said.

Soldiers arrested two suspected sect members, who the military paraded before journalists Wednesday.

Tuesday night, officials said gunmen on motorcycles opened fire on a local gathering spot in Kano, killing two people and wounding others.

Boko Haram, whose name means "Western education is sacrilege" in the Hausa language of Nigeria's Muslim north, is blamed for more than 360 killings this year alone, according to an AP count.
Based on their "shopping list," they are planning attacks while masquerading as police.

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