Radical Muslim Sect Kills 67 in Nigeria

World | November 5, 2011, Saturday // 18:07|  views

The wreckage of stalls and motorcycles in a market area in Maiduguri, Nigeria, 27 June 2011, following a deadly explosion which killed 25 and injured 15 on 26 June 2011. EPA/BGNES

At least 67 people have been killed in bombings and shootings in northeast Nigeria overnight, officials said Saturday.

A radical Muslim sect known as Boko Haram has claimed responsibility for the attacks, which are the most coordinated and wide-ranging assault yet in their increasingly bloody sectarian fight with Nigeria's central government, the NYT reported.

The sect, which wants the strict implementation of Shariah law, has threatened to carry out more attacks.

The attack started Friday when a car bomb exploded outside a three-story building used as a military office and barracks in Damaturu, the capital of Yobe state, Ibrahim Bulama, a Nigerian Red Cross official, is quoted as saying.

Many uniformed security agents were killed; gunmen then went through the town, blowing up a First Bank PLC branch and attacking at least three police stations and some churches, leaving them in rubble, he said. Gunfire continued through the night and gunmen raided the village of Potiskum as well, witnesses said, leaving at least two people dead there.

On Saturday morning, people began leaving their homes, seeing the destruction left behind, including military and police vehicles burned by the gunmen, with the burned corpses of the drivers who died in their seats.

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Tags: Nigeria, Boko Haram, radical Islam, radical Islamism, Muslim, religious sect, Sharia, Yobe


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