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(Video Report) More bombs explode in Nigeria as death toll rises to at least 178

By Veronica Roberts

Sunday January 22, 2012

Kano, Nigeria Updates]-----Northern Nigeria is under a state of emergency with a 24 hour curfew imposed after more deadly bombs exploded in Kano on Sunday. 9 additional people were allegedly killed and 12 wounded, bringing the death toll to at least 178 over the bloody weekend, reported Reuters.

The deadly bombings began on Friday evening and continued into Saturday, with over 156 were reported dead. A militant Islamic group Boko Haram has taken responsibility for the widespread religious violence raging through the Northern city.

Boko Haram wants to impose Islamic law in Northern Nigeria and are fighting to the death to achieve this goal.

Scroll down for my earlier report.

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Saturday January, 21, 2012

Kano, Nigeria]-----Over 150 are reportedly dead in several bombings in the city of Kano, in Northern Nigeria on Friday, into Saturday and that number is expected to rise.

According to a CNN report, a Red Cross informant officer Nwankpa Nwankpa, say 50 more were injured in the blasts which were aimed at the building housing the Inspector General, police stations and barracks. Al Jazeera, however reports the death toll to be closer to 120 at the moment.

Other buildings like the passport and immigration offices and the State Security office, were also hit in the deadly bombings, some of them suicide missions.

The Islamic group, Boko Haram reportedly took responsibility for the attacks and this is one of several waged in the deadly religious war in Northern Nigeria. The goal of the militant group is to impose Islamic law across the land. Saturday's bombings of police stations were reportedlt an attempt to free prisoners of the terrorist group.

Kabiru Sokoto, the man allegedly behind the violence was arrested earlier in the week but reportedly escaped. Suspected of being an inside job, some police are under investigated for helping with the escape. A reward of $307,000 or 50 million Naira, is being offered for Sokoto's re-capture.

A state of emergency now exist, as large numbers of troops were sent to the North to help curb the violence. The borders between Niger and Cameroon were closed following the bombings and the government has accused the 2 countries of allowing the attackers to operate unchecked to enter Nigeria.