Dozens killed in Nigeria

Dozens killed in Nigeria

Maiduguri : Nigeria | Dec 24, 2011 at 11:52 AM PST
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Medical sources reported that about fifty were killed this week in a wave of new violence erupted in the north-eastern Nigeria between the Islamic group Boko Haram and security forces.

The same sources reported on Saturday that the bodies were transferred to the hospital morgue and mortuary Damatturo in Maiduguri after acts of violence and clashes broke out Thursday in the two cities and in the city Botescum.

A group Boko Haram claimed responsibility for these actions, said a spokesman, Abu Kaka told the French news "We are responsible for the attacks in Maiduguri and Damatturo and Botescum."

The same spokesman said the group wanted revenge to what he called the brothers who were killed by Nigerian security forces in 2009, indicating that they would continue their attacks.

For his part, Chief of Staff Army Gen. Nigerian Ozobojka Aaahjerica that the army killed more than fifty members of Boko Haram in an exchange of fire in the northern city of Damatturo east of the country.

Initial reports had indicated that a gun battle erupted between Nigerian security forces and suspected members of the group Boko Haram in the late evening of Friday, killing at least 19 people.

But General Aaahjerica said in comments carried by local radio station in northern Nigeria that Boko Haram suffered heavy casualties in the fighting.

He added that there was a major confrontation with the Boko Haram in Damatturo, and that security forces raided the stronghold and the location of ammunition of their own, pointing out that he was with them a sophisticated and heavy weapons and bombs.Nigerian Gen. revealed that they have lost three soldiers and wounded seven.

Boko Haram claimed responsibility for a large number of attacks in northern Nigeria the mainly Muslim majority. It claimed responsibility for suicide attack in August / August at United Nations Headquarters in Abuja, which resulted in 24 dead.

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Maiduguri has borne the brunt of the violence blamed on Islamist sect Boko Haram
Maiduguri has borne the brunt of the violence blamed on Islamist sect Boko Haram
Abdel Fattah Hussein is based in Cairo, Kairo, Egypt, and is a Reporter on Allvoices.
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