About 100 Killed In Boko Haram Sect Attacks
Huhuonline.com can reports that members of the radical Muslim sect, also known as Boko Haram, have at the Weekend, caused great mayhem as they killed about 100 people in a series of coordinated bomb attacks in Borno and Yobe states respectively.
The sect has however claimed responsibility for the attacks in Borno and Yobe states, vowing to unleash hell on non-Muslims in their continued bloody sectarian fight. An official of the Nigerian Red Cross, Ibrahim Bulama said there is still palpable fear among residents of possible fresh attacks by the Boko Haram sect. "There's that fear that something might possibly happen again."
Huhuonline.com sources say that the attack was fiercer in Damaturu, the capital o f Yobe state, where a car bomb had exploded Friday afternoon outside a three-story building used as a military office and barracks, leading to the death of many uniformed security agents. Continuing, the source disclosed that 'the gunmen went through the town, blowing up a bank and attacking at least three police stations and some churches, leaving them in ruins. They continued through the night and raided the village of Potiskum where they killed at least two people.' Another source explained that 'On Saturday morning, people have started deserting their homes, seeing the destruction of military and police vehicles burned by the hoodlums along with burned corpses of the drivers who died and still in their seats.'
According to a state police commissioner, Simeon Midenda, he revealed that 'Two suicide bombers had detonated explosives inside vehicles in the nearby city of Maiduguri on Saturday night, but no casualties were reported in the surrounding areas. The attacks around Damaturu came after four separate bombings struck Maiduguri, about 80 miles (130 kilometers) east. One blast detonated around noon outside an Islamic college. Another bombing alongside a road in Maiduguri killed four people.' This is just as a military spokesman, Lt. Col. Hassan Ifijeh Mohammed, also disclosed that 'suicide bombers driving a black SUV detonated their explosives outside the base for the military unit charged with protecting the city from Boko Haram fighters.'
An official with Nigeria's National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA), Aliyu Baffale Sambo, said, 'The violence destroyed federal offices, public buildings and an immigration office', while statistics of the dead shows 70 and 100. Meanwhile, a Boko Haram spokesman, Abul-Qaqa has claimed responsibility for the attacks and vowing that "more attacks are on the way. We will continue attacking federal government formations until security forces stop their excesses on our members and vulnerable civilians." Meanwhile, following the attacks by theBoko Haram's which occurred ahead of Eid al-Adha, or the feast of sacrifice, President Goodluck Jonathan, through his spokesman, Reuben Abati has said expressed doubt if the attackers are "true Muslims" for causing mayhem during a holy period.
According to him, "The security agencies will tell you that what happens on this scale is even a fraction of what could have happened considering the scope of the threat. The security agencies are busy at work trying to make sure the will of the majority of the Nigerian people is not subverted by a minority (group) with a suicidal streak."