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Boko Haram kills 5 in Kano mosque, attacks prison  print

Published on February 24, 2012 by   ·   12 Comments

Suspected Boko Haram militants late Friday shot dead five Muslim worshippers at a mosque in the Nigerian city of Kano, where 185 were killed in attacks last month, police and witnesses said.

Two gunmen on motorcycles entered the mosque in the Tudun Maliki area of the northern city during evening prayers and opened fire, killing five people, including the head of a state-funded local vigilante group.

“Two gunmen on a motorcycle opened fire on a congregation in a mosque around 6:30 pm (1730 GMT) and killed five people,” Kano state police spokesman Magaji Majia said.He refused to speculate on who was behind the attack.However, witnesses blamed Boko Haram, saying the vigilante chief was the chief target.

“They came on a motorcycle just after the prayers while people were still in the mosque,” said one witness, Yahuza Baba.Baba said one of them “jumped off the motorcycle holding a Kalashnikov rifle, shouted ‘Allahu Akbar’ and opened fire on people in the mosque.

“He said there were around 30 worshippers inside the mosque at the time.”It is clear the attack was carried out by Boko Haram, and Sule Kwaram (the vigilante head) was the primary target,” said another witness, Baffa Hayatu.Local vigilantes have joined the special security unit set up to curb Boko Haram attacks in Kano following the January 20 deadly attacks claimed by the sect.

In Gombe, Gunmen suspected to be Boko Haram extremists also Friday launched simultaneous gun and bomb attacks on a prison and a police station in the northern city of Gombe, a jail guard and a resident said.

The attackers staged what residents said appeared to be coordinated attacks on a main prison where some Boko Haram members are believed to be held, and on a nearby police station.

“We are under siege. A large number of gunmen have encircled the prison, shooting and detonating explosives. It is clear they are Boko Haram,” a prison warden told AFP from inside the central prison in Gombe city.

A resident, Ibrahim Yau, said gunshots and explosions rang across the city for over an hour.”There has been shooting and bomb attacks at the district police station in the centre of the city, and also the central prison,” he said.

The prison overlooks the police station and both are situated near the palace of the tradition Muslim leader, the emir, in downtown Gombe city, the capital of a state that goes by the same name.

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12 Comments for “Boko Haram kills 5 in Kano mosque, attacks prison”

  1. rotimi ibidamitan

    what are the government doing about the issues of security in the country if the place of worship is not save for us to go then where on earth is save now. the present situation of the country is not encouraging at all, if our life and property is not save how will our economy grow? government should try and find the lasting solution to this issues removing the IGP and appointing new one is not the solution.

  2. EMMANUEL OLUKA

    When will these people see reason & put an end to these killings?

  3. uchenna onyinye

    Pls these ppl killing innocent soul should pls stop it. I plead with them in name of whatever they hold sacred.

  4. Ehis godwin

    4 hw long re we going 2 continue likd this?

  5. Hummmmmmm! Am tired of this virulent attack on innocent. when will this killing everydays will stop? When will the goat will be strong enough to kill a leopard? Quick interventn,God.

  6. Hummmmmmm! Am tired of this killing oooo.

  7. May God save our fragile souls

  8. Agbaakin

    These BH people must be insane. They don’t even av respect 4 their place of worship. They are hell-bent on taking innocent lives while Abuja thiefs are there looting d nation’s treasury as they like. God wil purnish u and ur sponsors

  9. emmanuel

    so dere’re started enterin mosque. wao! dat means dere mean buz. so nt only church. dere should try 2 enter habalist houses or go beyond dat. dis nation don tered me

  10. monsur

    Expect more killings.

  11. dayo

    they did not attack mosque,they were looking for somebody,if they really want to attack it should during the jumat service not in d evening…they should just stop killing christains and innocent people or else the wrath of God will descend on them and their generations. They are not for the masses….

  12. I think the Boko Haram group should be demolished without any delay because the great questions of the day should not judged by speeches and votes but by blood and iron,so NIGERIAN government the ball is in your curt.

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