Islamists Murder 63 People at Churches & Police Stations in Northern Nigeria
Two alleged Boko Haram members stand against a background of a Google Earth shot of the northern Nigerian city of Bauchi in a 2010 video released by the Islamist sect. A member of Nigeria’s Islamist Boko Haram sect on Saturday claimed responsibility for a wave of attacks that killed at least 63 people in the northeast of the country the day before. (AFP/Ho)
Islamists in northeastern Nigeria murdered 63 in bomb and gun attacks at police stations and six different churches.
Channel News Asia reported:
Bomb and gun attacks targeting police stations and churches in the northeastern Nigerian city of Damaturu have left 63 people dead, a Red Cross official said Saturday.
A local government official said hundreds were also injured when the attackers bombed a city police headquarters, three other police stations and six churches in Damaturu late Friday, after similar raids in another city blamed on an Islamist sect.
“Sixty-three people (are) confirmed dead,” the official who asked not to be named said.
A lawyer who visited Damaturu’s government hospital on Saturday looking for a missing friend said he counted 60 bodies in the morgue, “all brought in yesterday from the attacks.”
The lawyer, who asked not to be named, told AFP he found the friend, a policeman, among the corpses.
Islamsists with the Islamist Boko Haram sect took credit for the attack.