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New Attacks Reported in Nigeria

An eye witness of the bomb blast gives his account to the Kano commissioner of the police during the police chief's assessment of the situation in Sabon Gari, Kano, May 19, 2014.
An eye witness of the bomb blast gives his account to the Kano commissioner of the police during the police chief's assessment of the situation in Sabon Gari, Kano, May 19, 2014.
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Suspected Islamist militants have killed nearly 30 people in two villages near Chibok, the northern Nigerian town where hundreds of school girls were kidnapped last month.

Witnesses in Alagarno says gunmen stormed their village overnight Tuesday and killed at least 17 people.  They say the attackers also stole food and set homes on fire.

Residents in nearby Shawa say gunmen killed at least 10 people during an attack on Monday.
 
Smoke rises after a bomb blast at a bus terminal in Jos, Nigeria, May 20, 2014.Smoke rises after a bomb blast at a bus terminal in Jos, Nigeria, May 20, 2014.
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Smoke rises after a bomb blast at a bus terminal in Jos, Nigeria, May 20, 2014.
Smoke rises after a bomb blast at a bus terminal in Jos, Nigeria, May 20, 2014.
Meanwhile, survivors of Tuesday's twin bombings in the city of Jos are telling their stories.  The blasts in a busy market area killed at least 118 people.

One hospitalized female victim told VOA that she woke up after the blasts surrounded by dead bodies.  A male victim said he was on his way to meet his grandmother and the next thing he remembered was being in the hospital.

No one has claimed responsibility.  But suspicion immediately fell on Boko Haram -- the Islamist extremist group blamed for thousands of deaths over the past five years.
 
Boko Haram
 
  • Based in the northeastern city of Maiduguri
  • Self-proclaimed leader is Abubakar Shekau
  • Began in 2002 as a non-violent Islamist splinter group
  • Launched uprising in 2009
  • Has killed thousands since 2010
  • Boko Haram translates to "Western education is sinful"
  • Wants Nigeria to adopt strict Islamic law
The group has said it wants to establish a strict Islamic state in the country's north, but an adviser to Nigerian President Goodluck Jonathan says the militants have a broader motive.

In a VOA interview, Reubin Abati said intelligence reports show that Boko Haram has ties to al-Qaida, Somalia-based al-Shabab and other terrorist groups.

"The objective is to destabilize Nigeria, destabilize West Africa and target other countries.  And, the activities of that group have shown very clearly that this is a group that constitutes a threat to our civilization.  This is a group that constitutes a threat to our democracy," said Abati. "This is a group that constitutes a threat to our common humanity and the bonds that tie us together."

Nigerian President Goodluck Jonathan called Tuesday's bombings in Jos "cruel and evil," and said he is fully committed to winning the war on terrorism.

The U.S. State Department also condemned the blasts, along with a Sunday bombing in Kano that killed four people and Boko Haram's April kidnapping of the school girls.

In a Wednesday statement, spokeswoman Jen Psaki said the bombings and kidnappings were "unconscionable terrorist acts demanding accountability and justice."

On Tuesday, Nigerian lawmakers voted to extend a state of emergency for six months in the northeast, where Boko Haram is most active.

President Jonathan declared the state of emergency last year and sent thousands of troops to combat the militant group.  However, large-scale attacks on schools, markets, military bases and other targets have continued.

Boko Haram kidnapped more than 300 girls from a school in Chibok in mid-April.  Two hundred seventy-six of those girls remain missing.

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by: Obinna from: New York
May 24, 2014 6:58 PM
I feel so sorry for my country Nigeria.
This is because every thing is being
Sabotaged both the government.
It's so shameful to be called a country.
And you can not defend your self both the police, army even the
People are so confused and biased that's the origin of Nigeria's
Problems

by: Joshua Mwansa from: Zambia
May 21, 2014 6:13 PM
Nigerian Goverment should improve the security of its citizen,thanks for American president 4support

by: Joshua Mwansa from: Zambia
May 21, 2014 6:13 PM
Nigerian Goverment should improve the security of its citizen,thanks for American president 4support

by: salome w peter from: kenya
May 21, 2014 3:53 PM
I am sorry for Nigeria,please,let all the nations hear the distress cry of this Country and come to its aid.Let the attackers be apprehended before they strike again.

by: Peter Okechukwu from: Nigeria
May 21, 2014 1:04 PM
The Nigerian military is crippled by the so-called ' Nigerian factor'. In it's current form, it has shown lapses in containing this militancy. The government, must, alongside tackling this terrorism, usher-in serious reforms into the security apparatus.

by: Henry baker from: Holland
May 21, 2014 11:31 AM
Boko haram is a group of untrained force,i believe that army are capable to fight this war if the gov are censiea to them self.

by: okika catherine from: Nigeria
May 21, 2014 11:21 AM
Oh God save my country Nigeria

by: kingkambi from: italy
May 21, 2014 10:31 AM
This peoples who called themselves as Buko Harams or wath ever says that they are muslims i said they are feaking the world using the name muslim faiting for religion i think they are ignorant they don't no what GOD an he's PROPHET (MUHAMMAD S.A.W) said inside the QURAN an HADIS let them go an read the HOLY QURAN first . so let the world notice that a name MUSLIM or even CRISTIAN wil not do this action so let us be organised an go forward AFRICA

by: ali baba from: new york
May 21, 2014 10:29 AM
It looks like that Nigeria in war zone of radical Islam . radical Islam want show their strength to world and make it clearly that they ability of killing and destruction . they do not believe to the fact that people are fed up. and soon they put their hand together and give them lesson and we shall see the destruction of radical Islam for ever.in fact I was in Nigeria from 1980 to 1984 when I saw Saudi Arabia send imam to that country and those imam are able to radicalize the Muslim population .it plan and their plan will be ended for over very soon.

by: Favour Ben from: Abuja
May 21, 2014 9:57 AM
may God faustrate all them.and may may God set abushment in their so that they will eat their own flesh and drink their own blood.Amen
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