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Many Dead After Coordinated Blasts In Nigeria

01/22/12

Many Dead After Coordinated Blasts In Nigeria

*Many Dead After Coordinated Blasts In Nigeria

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Coordinated attacks on Friday by Islamic militants in Kano, Nigeria killed over 160 people. The number of casualties are expected to be higher as some of the injured may die during treatment. Mortuaries and hospitals are struggling to cope with the number of casualties. Boko Haram, an Islamic terrorist group seeking to impose sharia law across Nigeria, claimed responsibility for the attacks which is their bloodiest to date. Boko Haram spokesman, Abul Qaqa, told reporters they carried out the attacks because the authorities refused to release their members arrested in Kano. The city has been placed under a 24-hour curfew; no arrests have been made at the time of this report. Red Cross teams were reported collecting dead bodies and the injured from the streets and taking them to mortuaries and hospitals.

Boko Haram whose name in Hausa language means "western education is sinful" is modeled after Taliban and Al-Qaeda in Afghanistan. It wants to impose sharia law across Nigeria through terror attacks in drawing attention to their demands. Outside the current attacks in Kano, the group had in the past launched attacks on churches, government buildings, police stations and other targets, including drive-by shootings resulting in casualties. Many have fled the north from these attacks. The Kano attacks is the group's most coordinated and deadly assault. Four police stations in the city, State Security Service (SSS) headquarters and passport and immigration offices were hit in the attacks. There was shoot-out between police and 'Boko Haram' gunmen at the headquarters of the state police in Kano's eastern district of Bompai. According to witnesses, a bomber who attacked one of the police stations rode to the station on a motorcycle, dismounted and ran inside the compound holding a bag.

A local resident, Andrew Samuel, reporting what he witnessed, said: "I was on the roadside and I just heard a boom. As I came back, I saw the building of the police headquarters crashing down and I ran for my life." Channels TV in a news report said one of its reporters, Enenche Akogwu, was killed in the attacks. According to the report, Akogwu was "shot by unknown gunmen suspected to be members of the Boko Haram sect", outside state house.

In a related development, an explosion rocked residents around Tombia bridge in Yenagoa, the capital of Bayelsa State, Friday night at 11.00 pm. The colonial bridge, close to the popular Tombia roundabout and around the corner from Shell Petroleum Development Company (SPDC)’s Gbaraun-Ubie gas pipeline sustained minimal damage. The blast awoke residents of the area that had gone to bed. A section of the concrete used in the construction of the 30 year-old bridge’s tail end broke-off. No life was lost in the blast. According to police, the explosion was from the detonation of dynamite about 40 metres from SPDC gas pipeline, which apparently was the target. Market stalls near the scene of the blast were shattered. At about the time of the blast, a car was set ablaze by unknown group near the roundabout by the Creek Haven Government House.

Speaking to newsmen on the incident, Bayelsa State commissioner of Police, Hilary Opara, said "some mischievous persons last night wanted to embarrass us by creating false impression of insecurity through the detonation of dynamites. We are lucky it did not damage the bridge. You can see that vehicles are still passing. Our bomb disposal unit was here last night to comb this area and they confirmed that it was dynamite. Immediately we finish our investigation, we will brief the media. What we have been doing before now is the adoption of proactive measures against all forms of sabotage." Bayelsa State governor, Timipre Sylva, commenting on the incident said "it is worrisome that these things are happening at a time the nation is faced with critical security challenges."

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Article Source: Masterweb Reports

Late Enenche Akogwu

Photo Above: Late Enenche Akogwu - Channels TV news reporter killed in the Kano blasts

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20 comments

Comment from: kozuru [Visitor]
kozuruwe are just witnessing the beginning of the end of one Nigeria. The devil is laughing now .Ibo's should start now to make plans for there own new democratic country. Thank God ,Biafra the land of the golden sun, will be a reality within months from now.Ibos you have been warned, be prepared for your freedom.
01/22/12 @ 18:21
Comment from: daniel - usa [Visitor]
daniel  -  usabrother G E J this is the nigeria you rule, but still you are a goodluck
01/22/12 @ 20:34
Comment from: Okeychina [Visitor]
OkeychinaNigeria..Nigeria..Nigeria..What a failed state,full of evil and corruption,Anyway God's time is the best,we say...And this is the best time for a war and division,we will start killing from former top leaders..soon soon,i said very soon,i am ready we are ready,the ibo's are ready,God will lead us into this holy war for victory and a united BIAFRA REPUBLIC..we have waited for so long...now is time for action.
01/23/12 @ 00:05
Comment from: Truth [Visitor]
TruthThat Channel reporter should be praised for braving to the field to get news unlike the Nigerian style of collecting information from others to form news. This is how it is done in the international world.....Train ur men on safety more in the field while doing their job and educate BOKO not to touch Journalist.
01/23/12 @ 02:26
Comment from: Ochuko [Visitor]
OchukoDear President, do something unless you want to go into history like your name sake AZIKIWE.
Alternatively, please hand over power to BABA SHEGE at least for three months.
Why all these killings of the people you swore to protect, why do the law free Senator Ndume and why dont sack the IG of police outright. Its not fair on us peaceful Nigerians.
Sit up man, we love you and ready to die with you.
GET UP AND FIGHT FOR YOUR RIGHT. YOU ARE THE PRESIDENT WE VOTED IN WITH PASSION.
01/23/12 @ 04:01
Comment from: Orok, Akwaowo Bassey [Visitor]
Orok, Akwaowo BasseyThese are serious times for Nigeria. No one knows where this will lead us to.It's a price too expensive to pay. Mamman Gadaffi said something before he died. May be we should re-visit his statement.
01/23/12 @ 04:17
Comment from: daniel - usa [Visitor]
daniel  -  usais ochuko the only voice of reason? we all passionetly voted GEJ into governance. now i am deducing that goodluck is only for GEJ.

gej surrounded himself with israeli protection, what about enenche akogwu? must he has to be killed?

you god forsaken boko haram, you are killing the wrong people.

if g e j is a real commander-in-chief, they will be no boko haram, but since the g e j guy allowed the boko haram cancer to exist, this puke called boko haram must stop killing the wrong people, kill those responsible for your existence, leave innocent people alone.

this dog-on-nonesense is getting too much, why must enenche akogwu and other innocent poor, "nothing-to-do-with -looting-nigeria's-wealth" keep dying?, because our so called goodluck of a president permits the existence of a cancer called boko haram.
01/23/12 @ 06:59
Comment from: ISAIAH. G.F [Visitor]
ISAIAH. G.FI simpathise with those xtian brothers that died in the attack in the northern part of nigeria, at least the Niger Delta Republic is coming to reality, boko haram will soon share the Gadaffi experence.
01/23/12 @ 10:02
Comment from: uzo [Visitor] Email
uzoIt is time to convene a Sovereign National conference Our coexistence have become too questionable.
01/23/12 @ 10:51
Comment from: FRANCISCA OPARA [Visitor]
FRANCISCA OPARANIGERIA TODAY DID NOT RESEMBLE NIGERIA I KNOW FOR OVER YEARS, WE NEED GOD'S INTERVENTION IN OUR COUNTRY NIGERIA. INSTEAD OF BOKO HARAM GROUP TO KILL US INNOCENTLY, IS NOT BETTER FOR US TO FIND OUR WAY SINCE THEY HAVE ALREADY ANNOUNCED THAT THEY WANT US TO GO BACK TO OUR STATES MEANWHILE LETS MAKE HASTE WHILE THE SUNSHINE.IGBO ADI AGBA OSO MMIRI MA OZUROHA AHU!!!!!!!!!!
01/23/12 @ 11:18
Comment from: sylvester chukwuneke okafor [Visitor]
sylvester chukwuneke okaforwhat d country needs is a national confrence. it is ovious we are tired of being a country. how much longer do we have to wait before they stop shedding blood of innocent christains. we should not hide under the umbrella of one nigeria while our people are being killed d by the day.
01/23/12 @ 15:40
Comment from: Ndubueze [Visitor]
NdubuezeI have shared Nigeria into two parts -North and south, so a stinch in time sames 9.The Ibos will be use once again to settle anger -ing Boko haram. Let the southern Governors start on time to prapare Houses for their returning citizens.This killing will not stop.
01/23/12 @ 15:52
Comment from: Ajoku [Visitor] Email
AjokuGod's time is the best. Prayer is the key. GEJ has told you that his God will fight for him and eventuality God will fight for him as he fought for Moses against the advancing Pharaoh and his army - they all were drawn in the sea. This Boko Haram you see today, very soon, you will see them no more. The Lord will fight for Jonathan and innocent Nigerians as we are holding our peace through prayer
01/23/12 @ 21:35
Comment from: PAT [Visitor]
PATDuring the time of the past rulers, there was nothing like Boko Haram, now because the northerners has seen that the power has changed hand, then, they want to frustrate the government of this great nation by all means. I know that all these must surely stop in no distance time. It is some group of eminent northerners that are sponsoring these evil doers called boko haram. I pray that Almighty God will surely intervene, God bless this great nation, and may the souls of the innocent citizens who died in this dastard act rest in perfect peace. A M E N.
01/24/12 @ 08:39
Comment from: PAT [Visitor]
PATDuring the time of the past rulers, there was nothing like Boko Haram, now because the northerners has seen that the power has changed hand, then, they want to frustrate the government of this great nation by all means. I know that all these must surely stop in no distance time. It is some group of eminent northerners that are sponsoring these evil doers called boko haram. I pray that Almighty God will surely intervene, God bless this great nation, and may the souls of the innocent citizens who died in this dastard act rest in perfect peace. A M E N.
01/24/12 @ 09:25
Comment from: jimoh imoleayo [Visitor] Email
jimoh imoleayothis a country which God as created with many resources why this suffering, fellow Nigeria if our president can't do anything accept from looking at us suffering then we should fight for our right.
are we not people like him? if so let stand for our right.

01/25/12 @ 10:09
Comment from: buoyancy [Visitor]
buoyancylet m tell everybody these,nigeria is a great nation blessed with abundant natural resources but suffering more than barren countries like somalia ,niger rep. and etc.all the leaders of this country are going to face their case file .if not on this earth ,it must be in heaven if not by human then by God for before ,evil men do live after them but now live with them.
01/25/12 @ 13:15
Comment from: TIMOTHY ODUSINA [Visitor]
TIMOTHY ODUSINANigeria,A nation full of different cultures,tribes,ethnics and many more .And yet its was governed in the time past , there was nothing like Boko Haram, now because the northerners has seen that the power has changed hand, then, they want to frustrate the government of this great nation by all means.
Now responsibility is on the government to take cogent ACTION to prevent this insecure life we are into in this nation.
01/27/12 @ 05:46
Comment from: Izuchukwu obi [Visitor]
Izuchukwu obiIt is time ibos stand for biafra and it is time we defend our slves
02/02/12 @ 03:56
Comment from: BROWN-OKES [Visitor]
BROWN-OKESPray for God intervention on Nigeria many problems
02/02/12 @ 09:50

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