35 killed in Nigeria violence

Last Updated: Tuesday, October 16, 2012 - 23:44

Abuja: More than 35 people were killed overnight following a series of bomb blasts in the northeastern Nigeria by the radical Islamist sect known as Boko Haram.

In Maiduguri, the capital of Borno state, multiple bombing that rocked the city on Monday killed 10 civilians while in Benue state, herdsmen believed to belong to Fulani community killed 25 persons in Yogbo.

Eyewitnesses said those killed in Benue were mostly children and women.
Residents of the town said more than sixteen explosions punctuated by gunfire echoed Maiduguri, Boko Haram`s home state.

The most hit areas were London Cinki and Gwange.
The commercial nerve centre of the town called the Post Office area was also hit by several explosions.

Attacks by Boko Haram and Fulani herdsmen have led to several deaths in several states of northern Nigeria.

Boko Haram has been launching guerrilla attacks against Nigeria`s weak central government for months as part of its efforts to free its imprisoned members and enact strict Islamic law across the multi-ethnic nation largely halved between Christians and Muslims. In recent days, it has begun a renewed offensive in Maiduguri.


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First Published: Tuesday, October 16, 2012 - 23:44

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