Friday, May 27, 2011

Boko Haram murders eight in Nigeria

Boko Haram, or "books, him bad" continue to wreak havoc in Nigeria, adding another eight victims to their grisly headcount.  The report refers to the attackers as members of a "radical Islamist sect"  rather than practitioners of Islam as laid down by Muhammad and defined by Islamic leaders today.  A disconnect which hides the real reasons behind the killings.

From AFP/Yahoo news Nay 27

Suspected Islamists kill eight in northern Nigeria

KANO, Nigeria (AFP) – Gunmen believed to be members of a radical Islamist sect attacked a police station, police barracks and a bank in northern Nigeria Friday, killing eight people, police said.

"Around 70 gunmen believed to be members of Boko Haram launched three separate attacks on a police barracks, a police station and a bank," Borno State police commissioner Mohammed Jinjiri Abubakar told AFP.

The attacks happened in Damboa, about 100 kilometres (62 miles) south of Maiduguri, the state capital.

"Eight people were killed in the attacks, including four policemen. The other four were residents," he said.

Five other people were seriously injured, he added.

"They stormed the town in four buses and some motorcycles and used guns and explosives in the attacks before a joint military and police team engaged them in a shootout that lasted for over one hour," he said.

Police had launched a man-hunt for the attackers after they escaped the scene, the police chief added.

Police have blamed the sect for a series of bomb attacks and shootings in Maiduguri in recent months.

No mention of motive, as if this happened in a vacuum.  I wonder why that is?

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