Teaching Comparative Government and Politics

Saturday, November 05, 2011

More terrorism in Nigeria

Boko Haram strikes again. Does the Nigerian state have the capacity to effectively respond?

Militants Stage Wave of Attacks in Northeast Nigeria
Militants staged a series of attacks in northeast Nigeria on Friday, including bombing a military base and a theological college, police and military officials said.

It was not clear how many people were killed or wounded, and no group claimed responsibility. But suspicion immediately fell on a radical Muslim sect, Boko Haram…

The attacks on Friday appeared to be the boldest and most coordinated ever carried out…

Red Cross: 63 Dead in Northeast Nigeria Attacks
At least 63 people died in a wave of bombings and shootings carried out in northeast Nigeria overnight, a Red Cross official said Saturday…

The attacks centered around Damaturu, the capital of Yobe state, Nigerian Red Cross official Ibrahim Bulama said…

Gunmen… went through the town, blowing up a First Bank PLC branch and attacking at least three police stations and some churches, leaving them in rubble, he said. Gunfire continued through the night and gunmen raided the village of Potiskum near the capital as well, witnesses said, leaving at least two people dead there…

The attacks around Damaturu came after four separate bombings struck Maiduguri, about 80 miles (130 kilometers) east…

The bombings come ahead of Eid al-Adha, or the feast of sacrifice, when Muslims around the world slaughter sheep and cattle in remembrance of Abraham's near-sacrifice of his son. Police elsewhere in the country had warned of violence ahead of the celebration in Nigeria…

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