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Suspected Islamists Kill 20 in Nigeria Market Attack

Suspected Islamist gunmen opened fire on a market in a Nigerian village on Sunday, killing 20 people in the latest violence against civilians in the northeast of Africa's top oil producer.
The assailants surrounded the village of Kamuyya, a military source based in the nearest town told Reuters. The militants shot people as they gathered to trade in its open air market.
Villages in Borno state, the epicenter of Boko Haram's violent campaign to carve an Islamic caliphate out of religiously mixed Nigeria, have been under almost daily attack.
On Thursday, suspected Boko Haram gunmen rampaged through three villages in northern Nigeria, killing 28 people and burning houses to the ground.
Boko Haram made world headlines when it claimed the abduction of more than 200 school girls from the village of Chibok last month, prompting international outrage and persuading President Goodluck Jonathan to accept foreign help to try to free them, including a team of around 80 U.S. troops deployed to neighboring Chad, and surveillance drones.
Since the girl were snatched on April 14, at least 470 civilians have been killed by the insurgents in various attacks, according to a Reuters count.
A spate of bombings across north and central Nigeria has killed hundreds, including two in the capital Abuja and one in the central city of Jos on Tuesday that killed 118 people.
A suicide bombing on Saturday that was meant to strike an open air viewing of the Champions League soccer final match in the central Nigerian city of Jos killed four people but failed to hit its target, the National Emergency Management Agency said.
Nigerian President Goodluck Jonathan traveled to South Africa over the weekend, his office said, to discuss ways of tackling Islamist militancy across the continent with African heads of state.
The meeting “defined a stronger framework for cooperation among African states to deal with this menace”, presidential spokesman Reuben Abati said, giving no details.
A presidential team tasked with locating the girls returned from Borno state to the capital Abuja on Sunday, they said in a statement. It did not say if any progress had been made.

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by: salome w peter from: kenya
May 26, 2014 9:08 AM
Nigeria is under siege,can someone out there come this Countries aid,so many innocent peopple are loosing their lives everyday,may the whole world join hands and flush out these evil doers from their hiding places and let Nigeria live in peace.

by: Godwin from: Nigeria
May 26, 2014 8:31 AM
This is becoming more and more senseless. This so-called boko haram, is it constituted of human beings or is it made up of evil spirits? Even in the face of Nigeria lacking a good government which the activities of the devil religion has revealed, does it have to kill and kill and not get tired of blood letting? Are the sponsors and supporters of this religion so insensitive to the human plights and troubles these killings have inflicted on the victims and their families? Enough is enough. We cannot continue to condone this evil sect.

Even the imported hope has failed to restore hope to the country, and we can NEVER bow to the pressure of boko haram. Instead to call on powers from above the human realm to send fire from above to consume these children of wickedness who thrive on blood and blood of innocent citizens. May God visit them soon with His anger for all the atrocities they have inflicted on the masses of this country. May their entrails burst open and their evil gush out. May their habitation become desolate and let there be no one to live in it; and their office (birthright) another take.Whoever thrives in the killing of Nigerians and wants to rule the people should die in the election year, Amen.

by: ali baba from: new york
May 25, 2014 4:34 PM
It looks that Nigeria has a problem. its problem that radical Islam has gain momentum and it need a lot of work to get rid of them The situation in Nigeria is giving hard lesson. if the country pay soft ball with this barbaric people, we have very sad consequence. this lesson should be heard in US that radical Muslim is a problem and Islam is not a peaceful religion. ISLAM IS A PRESCRIPTION FOR DESTRUCTION

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