Boko Haram rejects Nigerian PM’s call for dialogue
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Last Updated: Sunday, January 29, 2012, 20:41
  
Abuja: Threatening a fresh bout of violence, Nigeria's dreaded militant group Boko Haram has rejected President Goodluck Jonathan's call for a dialogue, days after it carried out a bloody attack in Kano, killing 185 people.

Boko Haram has threatened to attack northern city of Sokoto even as Jonathan demanded that they put forward their requests for possible dialogue.

Boko Haram's spokesman, Abu Qaqa said the President's call was "insincere" and rather said his men would attack the city known as the bastion of Islam in the country with a sultanate who has encompassing authority over other Muslims.

In a message broadcast to journalists in the sect's enclave of Maiduguri through a conference call, the sect said the dialogue is not possible under the situation at hand.

He said the attacks planned for Sokoto would be similar one carried out on January 20 in Kano where more than 85 people were killed.

The sect leader, Abubakar Shekau had claimed he ordered the attacks in Kano because members were detained and tortured by Nigerian security agencies and Qaqa said similar situation in Sokoto would lead to the attacks.

On Saturday, Nigerian troops claimed they have killed 11 fighters for the Islamic group during a shootout in Maiduguri.

The military spokesman for a task force sent to the region, Lieutenant Colonel Hassan Mohammed said his force known as Joint Task Force (JTF) did not suffer any casualties during their taid.

Bombs numbering up to twenty killed not less than 85 injuring many others in Kano metropolis recently.

Boko Haram sect has been waging a bloody conflict to install an Islamic government and Sharia rule in the country.

The 150-million Nigeria has both Muslim and Christian population, with Muslims predominant in the north while Christians mostly live in the South.

PTI


First Published: Sunday, January 29, 2012, 20:41


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