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Suspected Robbers Kill 21 Villagers in Nigeria

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Nigerian officials say suspected robbers attacked a northern village, killing at least 21 people.  Most of the victims were worshippers who were leaving a local mosque after morning prayers.
Authorities say the attack occurred early Sunday in Dogon Dawa village in Kaduna state.  They said armed robbers carried out the attack as part of a feud with a local vigilante group.
Kaduna is divided between Muslims and Christians and has seen sectarian violence in recent months, but the attack appeared to be unrelated to religious tensions.
Armed robberies along Nigeria's roadways are common.  Local disputes erupting into violence also are common, especially in the north where the central government's rule is at its weakest.

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by: Godwin from: Nigeria
October 15, 2012 7:59 AM
A typical Nigerian excuse for lapses. In a country ravaged by sectarian violence and armed robbery, how proud should the police be to excuse another security lapse if only they want to remove religion and blame armed robbers? Typically it has been said that Nigeria does not yet know how to take charge of itself, and the weakness of the present administration continues to manifest in every facet of our democracy. Nigerians are simply living at the mercy of circumstances and the government is simply an apologist of errors. Imagine this in the face of more than half the country under flood.

The shame of it all is that the president's own village is also submerged. That this is happening after warnings to its effect 8yrs ago and no action is taken is, to say the least, heart rending. Even current warnings fell on deaf ears. Maybe the country is too large for Jonathan to manage, therefore he refused to do anything to return Bakassi to Nigeria as a measure to reduce the country to what he can manage. Ask me and my answer is that Nigeria is failed experiment. Unless God comes from heaven to save us all, there's no hope in this country.

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