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Posted on 11/06/2011 2:04:45 AM PST by PRePublic
150 Die In ‘Heinous’ Islamist Attacks In Nigeria
Bangkok Post | November 06, 2011
Bomb and gun attacks targetting police stations and churches in the northeastern Nigerian city of Damaturu left dozens of people dead and at least 100 injured, witnesses said on Saturday. The attackers bombed a city police headquarters, three other police stations and several churches in Damaturu...
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Nov 06, 2011
At least 150 people died in a “heinous” wave of gun and bomb attacks in northern Nigeria carried out by the Islamist Boko Haram sect.
President Goodluck Jonathan condemned the assaults which officials said included at least five suicide bomb blasts and “directed security agencies to ensure the arrest of perpetrators of these heinous acts,” said a statement from his spokesman Reuben Abati.
As corpses piled up in the morgue, a rescue agency official, told AFP the body count stood at 150.
“I was involved in the evacuation of corpses to the morgue. I personally counted 150 bodies,” the official, speaking on condition of anonymity, said at the hospital. He said some families had already collected their loved ones for burial, reducing the number to 97 by end of the day.
An AFP reporter counted 97 corpses still in the mortuary.
The Red Cross earlier said the death toll stood at 63, while police spoke of 53, of whom 11 were members of its force.
A member of Nigeria’s Islamist Boko Haram sect on Saturday claimed responsibility.
“We are responsible for the attack in (northeastern) Borno (state) and Damaturu,” Abul Qaqa told an AFP correspondent by phone.
“We will continue attacking federal government formations until security forces stop persecuting our members and vulnerable civilians,” Qaqa warned.
The Friday bomb and gun attacks, targeted police stations, an army base and churches in the cities of Damaturu, Maiduguri and two other small towns.
The military deployed to curb the violence in Maiduguri said there were four suicide bomb attacks in parts of the city, including an army base and on the outskirts of Maiduguri.
The attackers bombed their targets then took on the security forces in gun battles in Damaturu.
“It was a suicide bomb attack at one of our buildings. The attacker came in a Honda CRV and rammed into the building and explosives exploded,” Lawal told AFP.
An AFP reporter said no office was still standing at the police HQ which was still smouldering some 24 hours after the attack. Three burnt cars lay in front of the building.
A journalist described scenes of chaos and destruction in Damaturu.
“In fact, Damaturu is looking just like Libya... burnt cars and buildings.”
In a mainly Christian neighbourhood of Damaturu called Jerusalem, six churches were bombed in addition to a police station.
“A police station and a mechanical workshop of the police were attacked. Six churches in the area were also bombed,” said resident Edwin Silas, adding: “The whole city is traumatised.”
The string of attacks came two days ahead of the annual Muslim celebration of Eid al-Adha, or the Feast of Sacrifice.
Police have been placed on red alert nationwide.
Militants from Boko Haram, whose name means “Western Education Is Sin” in the regional Hausa language, have in the past targeted police and military, community and religious leaders, as well as politicians.
The sect, which wants to see the establishment of an Islamic state in northern Nigeria, staged an uprising which was brutally put down by security forces in 2009.
Nigeria’s more than 160 million people are divided almost in half between Muslims and Christians, living roughly in the north and south of the country respectively. Regions where they overlap are prey to frequent tensions.
Your buddies, zero ?
It was not the Islamists that did this. That is a racist remark. Islam is the religion of peace, it had to be one of the crusading Christian sects. /much sarcasm
Militants from Boko Haram, whose name means Western Education Is Sin.....
Nothing but retrograde animal scum that needs to be wiped off the face of the earth.
We'll stop killing vulnerable civilians when you stop killing vulnerable civilians. MmmmmK?
There is no avoiding a religious war other than by submission. Christians are going to have to treat Muslims like Muslims treat Christians to avoid their own destruction.
If Christians were bombing and destroying Churches around the world like Indonesia, Egypt, Congo, Bosnia, etc the UN would step in and the MSM would have it on TV every night.
moozlumism is a “religion of peace”...don’tchaknow? It appears that Christians and other non-moozlums need some “Martel” training...and soon.
YOU ARE RIGHT. Oil Money provided by western countries who refuse to drill for their own resources, or who have no resources have allowed Muslim countries to thrive. They took our money and have used it to grow strong.
Islam is only partly a religious cult, the other part is a political power that wish’s to destroy all other political powers.They have played it smart and invaded countries subtly, so subtly that it is hard to believe how many they have placed in our own country. So subtly that we now have a Muslim President, who is working with them against America.
If allowed to continue to grow this cult will dominate the world and anyone who does not join the cult will be killed or enslaved.
Some—Many people believe that people who see this coming are wrong, they are in some sort of denial. They do not believe what they are witnessing.
Guys! guys! Come on! Nothing to worry about! Mikey Weinstein, the ACLU, #OWS, Hillary Clinton and CAIR will soon be all over the MSM frenetically decrying this unconscionable Islamic violence against Christians and Nigerian Government officials! And, of course, the MSM are heroes in focusing the laserbeam of blame on culpable Muslim groups in incidents such as this! /sarc