Wednesday, January 23, 2013

Nigeria – 12 killed in suspected Boko Haram attack

(BBC) Suspected Islamists have been blamed for the deaths of at least 23 people in separate attacks in north-eastern Nigeria.

Witnesses say gunmen apparently targeted hunters selling bush meat in Damboa on Monday, killing 18 people.

Another five people died on Tuesday when a group of men playing draughts was attacked in Kano.

The militant group Boko Haram, which is fighting to create an Islamic state, has staged many attacks in Nigeria.

Boko Haram has been blamed for the deaths of some 1,400 people in central and northern Nigeria since 2010. Last year alone, the group was linked to more than 600 deaths.