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Nigeria unrest: 'Boko Haram' gunmen kill 44 at mosque

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  1. Manmohan Yadav

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    At least 44 worshippers have been shot dead at a mosque in north-eastern Nigeria, officials in Borno state say.

    The killings took place during dawn prayers on Sunday, although news only emerged on Monday, as communications are disrupted by a state of emergency.

    The attack occurred in the town of Konduga, 35km (22 miles) from the state capital, Maiduguri.

    The gunmen are suspected of being from the Islamist group Boko Haram, which has killed thousands since 2009.

    Twelve further civilians were killed at Ngom village, closer to Maiduguri, reports say.

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    Vigilantes targeted?

    A member of a civilian vigilante group told the Associated Press that four of their number were killed when they responded to calls for help in Konduga.

    Several such groups have been set up since the emergency was declared in Borno and two neighbouring states in May.

    BBC Nigeria correspondent Will Ross says the gunmen may have attacked the mosque in the belief that some of the vigilantes were praying there.

    "We believe the attack was not unconnected with the cooperation residents are giving to security operatives in identifying and arresting Boko Haram members in their midst," a senior government official told the AFP news agency.

    While the group has frequently attacked churches, it has also occasionally targeted mosques, sometimes those whose preachers disagree with their views.

    The attackers wore military uniforms, officials say, which they may have taken during recent attacks on a barracks.

    Nigeria's Daily Post reported that a further 26 people were being treated for injuries in hospital in Maiduguri.

    After a lull immediately after the emergency was declared, there has been a recent spate of attacks, blamed on Boko Haram.

    The military cut mobile phone networks when they imposed the state of emergency, saying they wanted to make it more difficult for the militants to organise attacks.

    However, some local officials have said this prevents civilians from getting help.

    Boko Haram wants to overthrow the Nigerian government and create an Islamic state in the north.

    News of the attacks came as a video emerged of the group's leader, Abubakar Shekau, saying Boko Haram had carried out recent attacks including some that targeted the police and the military.

    He said this showed that the army's claims to have inflicted heavy losses on the group were "lies".
     
  2. Himanshu Pandey

    Himanshu Pandey Don't get mad, get even. STAR MEMBER

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    is there one single muslim nation apart from albenia which is not facing some type of terrorist activity and which is still able to defend itself against these terrorist.. I see none.. but if you people know please tell me
     
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    The United States on Wednesday designated Nigeria's radical Islamist Boko Haram network and an offshoot known as Ansaru as terror groups, bowing to months of pressure to act.

    The groups have spread terror in northeastern and central Nigeria and are blamed for thousands of deaths as they battle to set up an Islamic state.

    "These designations are an important and appropriate step, but only one tool in what must be a comprehensive approach by the Nigerian government to counter these groups," the State Department said.

    The shadowy groups' insurgency has claimed many lives since 2009 and triggered concern over its potential to spread across the porous borders in the region.

    A new UN report released Wednesday said more than 37,000 people have fled the region since the Nigerian army launched a crackdown on the militants in May.

    White House advisor Lisa Monaco said the decision cuts "these terrorist organizations" off from US financial institutions and allows any assets held in the United States to be frozen.

    Nigeria welcomed the decision and expressed the hope that the United States would step up intelligence cooperation.

    "We salute the US government for its effort in partnering with Nigeria to rout out terrorism," Justice Minister Mohammed Adoke told AFP in Abuja.

    "We hope that with this development that the Boko Haram menace will soon become a thing of the past."

    In July, the State Department offered a $7 million reward for information leading to the arrest of Boko Haram leader Abubakar Shekau, but raised eyebrows by stopping short of designating the group as a foreign terrorist organization.

    State Department spokeswoman Jen Psaki explained it had taken time to blacklist the groups because "Boko Haram is a decentralized and factionalized organization with a loose command and control structure."

    The United States, she added, had "worked over the years ... to deepen our understanding of the organization."

    While Washington believes Boko Haram and Ansaru remain "primarily" Nigerian organizations, "both these groups have links to AQIM," she added, referring to Al-Qaeda's north and west African affiliate.

    Another State Department official, who asked to remain anonymous, said the Washington believes AQIM had helped with training and limited financing of Boko Haram.

    Despite Abuja's welcome for the designations, Washington has also voiced concern about a heavy-handed crackdown by Nigerian military forces, insisting that human rights should be protected.
    'Western education is sin'

    Both groups were officially designated as Foreign Terrorist Organizations which bars any Americans from assisting them as well as freezing any assets in the United States.

    President Barack Obama met Nigerian President Goodluck Jonathan in September on the sidelines of the UN General Assembly and urged him "to pursue a comprehensive counterterrorism approach," Monaco said.

    Roughly translated, Boko Haram means "Western education is sin," and the insurgents have been blamed for a series of bloody attacks on schools, killing dozens of children.

    An earlier version of the group -- known then in local reports as the "Nigerian Taliban" -- was formed in 2004 and is now believed to have a number of different factions, with differing aims.

    Local and Western analysts have long argued that improving living conditions in the mainly Muslim north holds the key to curbing the insurgency.

    Boko Haram is blamed for indiscriminate attacks in Benisheikh, Nigeria in September 2012 in which some 160 people were killed, and was also said to be behind the suicide bombing of a UN building in Abuja in August 2011.

    Ansaru has focused attacks on Nigerian military and Western targets, kidnapping several foreigners. They are believed to have been behind the kidnapping of a French family seized on the border of Cameroon and Nigeria in February and released in April.

    Representative Chris Smith, who chaired a hearing Wednesday on Boko Haram, welcomed the designation, which some US lawmakers have long sought.

    "What these murderers have brought to Nigeria and surrounding countries is misery and death with no redeeming outcome," he said.
     
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    Boko Haram militants launched a daring raid on the military in the northeast Nigerian city of Maiduguri overnight, prompting a 24-hour curfew that shut airspace and cut off roads, the army, state government and eyewitnesses said.Local residents said that hundreds of heavily armed Islamist gunmen besieged an air force and army base, destroying aircraft, razing buildings and setting shops and petrol stations ablaze in a deadly rampage.

    The attack, which closed Maiduguri's civilian airport and roads into and out of the city, comes after military claims that the banned group had been successfully pushed out of urban centres into more remote, rural areas of Borno state.

    Boko Haram has previously launched massive, coordinated attacks on the security services in Borno but the reported scale of the latest strike could make it one of the biggest against the military in Maiduguri in many months. In 2009, militants battled the security forces in the city for several days, leaving more than 800 dead.

    "I saw two air force helicopters burnt while in the whole of the 79 Composite Group (of the Nigerian Air Force) few buildings are still standing. Most of the structures have been attacked and destroyed," said one man, who lives nearby, of Monday's attacks. "At the 33 Artillery (battalion of the Nigerian Army), the terrorists have destroyed the barracks and took away an armoured (personnel) carrier but left it along the highway. We heard women and children in the barracks crying and wailing. At the gate, I saw some vehicles destroyed and the checkpoint there in shreds."

    The man, who said he watched the attacks unfurl with his wife from his house, added that two people had been shot dead.

    There was no immediate confirmation of fatalities or other casualties from the authorities.

    The Borno state government and the military both confirmed the attack and the curfew.But the Nigerian Army's spokesman in Maiduguri, Colonel Muhammed Dole, said the Boko Haram fighters had been "successfully repelled" and had suffered "serious casualties", without specifying numbers.

    The areas around the airport were "calm and under control", Dole said, adding: "Our troops supported by the Nigerian Air Force aircrafts are presently pursuing the terrorists towards the Maiduguri-Benisheik road."
     
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    Insane Idiots
     
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    Sick bas+ards ...
     
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    I laugh. They deserve no better.
     
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    when life is mesearble and death offers eternal happiness with 72 virgins these stupid things are bound to happen
     
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