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Nigeria Market Attack Kills 60, Police Suspect Islamists

May 03, 2012

The death toll from an attack on a cattle market by gunmen in the northeastern Nigerian town of Potiskum has risen to 60 people, Abdullahi Bego, a spokesman for Yobe state governor, said today.

“Dead bodies were brought to us with bullet wounds” as well as machete cuts and burns, Donatua Muna, the medical director of Potiskum General Hospital, said by phone. Yesterday’s attack left 29 people injured, Bego said.

Suspected members of the Boko Haram Islamist group opened fire, threw explosives and robbed the cattle market, said Toyin Gbadegeshin, a spokesman for the Yobe state police.

Authorities in Africa’s biggest oil producer blame Boko Haram, which seeks to impose strict Islamic law in Nigeria, for a surge in attacks in the mainly Muslim north and the capital, Abuja, in which hundreds of people have died this year.

Security forces killed one Boko Haram suspect in a gunfight with the attackers following the raid, Gbadegeshin said. No arrests have been made, he said.

Boko Haram, which means “Western education is a sin,” claimed responsibility for April 26 attacks on the offices of ThisDay newspaper in Abuja and the northern city of Kaduna that killed at least eight people and injured 34.

In an 18-minute video posted on Youtube on May 1, the group said it planned more attacks on the news media because of what it described as biased reporting on its campaign.

To contact the reporters on this story: Gbenga Akingbule in Maiduguri at gakingbule@bloomberg.net; Ardo Hazzad in Bauchi at ahazzad@bloomberg.net

To contact the editor responsible for this story: Andrew J. Barden at barden@bloomberg.net


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