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Scores Killed as Islamic Group Launches Attacks in Nigeria

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Posted on Jan 21, 2012
AP / Salisu Rabiu

A victim of Friday’s attacks is rushed into a hospital in Kano, Nigeria.

More than 150 people are dead after bombs ripped through police stations and other targets and gunbattles erupted in the Nigerian city of Kano and elsewhere in the region on Friday. A militant Islamist group called Boko Haram claimed responsibility for the attacks, which it said were in retaliation for the capture, detention and death of its members in police. —ARK

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The atmosphere in the centre of Kano is one of extreme nervousness. Crowds gather then suddenly disperse when they fear something might happen.

The army are patrolling streets, backing up the police. At one of the main mortuaries, officials are struggling to cope with the number of bodies. Special roadblocks have been set up, particularly around police stations that haven’t been attacked.

Some reports suggest the attacks might have been carried out by suicide bombers—civilians who could easily hide a few grenades under their robes.

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By blogdog, January 25, 2012 at 10:35 am Link to this comment

Boko Haram linked to Qatar, Western Powers

BY NEWSRESCUE
ON NOVEMBER 23, 2011 AT 1:00 PM
http://www.newsrescue.com/2011/11/boko-haram-linked-to-qatar-western-powers/
Maaouya Ould Taya, former president Mauritania
November 22nd, 2011

NewsRescue- The radical Islamist group allegedly responsible for a spate of
bombings across the Northern region and capital of Nigeria, Boko
Haram(Western civilization is bad) has finally begun to reveal its long sought
roots.

A recent report in the Nigerian THEWILL magazine detailed links to Mauritanian
ex premiere Maaouya Ould Taya, the dictator who seized power in a coup in
1984 and led Mauritania as president and Prime Minister till he was ousted in
2005 and fled through Banjul Gambia to Doha, Qatar where he now resides
under impunity.

The former soldier, who was a strong ally of the United States, France and Israel
during his reign, has lived in Doha, Qatar with his family since August 22,
2005, after he was offered asylum in the Arab state, the report gathered.

The Algerian government Sunday announced that it has credible intelligence
that Boko Haram has linked up with al Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb (AQIM)
which has its North African headquarters in Algeria. Deputy Foreign Minister,
Abdelkader Messahel told journalists that intelligence report show both groups
have been coordinating. We have no doubts that coordination exists between
Boko Haram and al Qaeda, Messahel said.

Is Maaouya Ould Taya the African point man designated by the powers that be,
in charge of coordinating, training and developing the AQIM branch in Nigeria?

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By IMax, January 24, 2012 at 4:58 am Link to this comment

What an atrocity.  I waited three days to see if even ONE TruthDig regular would care enough to comment on this horrible event.

This is embarrassing.

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