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Nigerian Suspected Islamists Kill 56 People in Northern State

Tuesday, 13 Aug 2013 05:20 AM

BORNO, Nigeria — At least 56 people died in two attacks in the northern Nigerian state of Borno, as the leader of the militant Islamist Boko Haram group vowed to continue its fight against the country’s military.

At least 44 people were killed on Aug. 10 by gunmen wearing military uniforms who attacked a mosque in Konduga, about 700 kilometers (435 miles) northeast of the capital, Abuja, Mohammed Ibrahim, a resident who fled to neighboring Yobe state, said in a phone interview. Ali Dalori, a lawmaker from Borno, confirmed the attack, though he couldn’t provide details.

Another 12 people were shot dead at Ngom village near Konduga on Aug. 11, Ibrahim said. “Some suspected Boko Haram members, who were over 100 in number invaded our villages dressed in military uniforms before killing our people,” he said.

Boko Haram, whose name means “Western education is a sin” in the Hausa language, has killed thousands of people in gun and bomb attacks since 2009 in the mainly Muslim north and Abuja, in its campaign to establish an Islamic state in Africa’s largest oil producer.

Nigeria’s more than 160 million people are roughly split between Christians, predominant in the south, and Muslims, mostly in the north.

Abubakar Shekau, Boko Haram’s leader, Monday claimed responsibility for attacks in Gamboru, Biu, Gwoza and Bama in Borno state and said it planned further assaults.

“We have killed countless soldiers and we are going to kill more,” Shekau said in a video message posted on Youtube.

Calls to the joint military and police task force in Borno and police officials in the state didn’t connect when Bloomberg sought comment on the two latest attacks.

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At least 56 people died in two attacks in the northern Nigerian state of Borno, as the leader of the militant Islamist Boko Haram group vowed to continue its fight against the country’s military.
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