Boko Haram militants attack Christian town in Nigeria

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SHAFAQNA (Shia International News Association)- Suspected Boko Haram militants in Nigeria have raided a mostly Christian town in the country’s northeast, killing an unknown number of people, military sources say.

Although residents say scores of people were killed in Borno State’s town of Shani on Saturday, police sources said they were not able to verify the exact number of casualties.

Local reports say more than 30 suspected militants on motorcycles threw bombs into homes, while other militants opened fire on those fleeing.

They also reportedly set the town’s police station and a telecom mast on fire.

This is the second time the town has come under attack this year. It was targeted back in June, when at least 11 people were killed and the office of an electoral commission was destroyed.

Boko Haram is also thought to have been behind a Friday attack on the Grand Mosque in Kano, which claimed the lives of at least 120 people and injured about 270 others.

Boko Haram, whose name means “Western education is forbidden,” has claimed responsibility for a number of deadly shooting and bombing attacks in various parts of Nigeria, which have left more than 10,000 people dead since the group began its militancy in 2009.

More than one million people have been also displaced as a result of the violence.

 

Source:PressTV

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