Sixty dead in Nige­ria at­tacks

Cape Breton Post - - NEWS / WORLD - JOS, NIGE­RIA

A day of ex­trem­ist vi­o­lence against both Mus­lims and Chris­tians in Nige­ria killed more than 60 peo­ple, in­clud­ing wor­ship­pers in a mosque who came to hear a cleric known for preach­ing peace­ful co­ex­is­tence of all faiths.

Mil­i­tants from Boko Haram were blamed for the bomb­ings Sun­day night at a crowded mosque and a posh Mus­lim res­tau­rant in the cen­tral city of Jos; a sui­cide bomb­ing ear­lier at an evan­gel­i­cal Chris­tian church in the north­east­ern city of Po­tiskum, and at­tacks in sev­eral north­east­ern vil­lages where dozens of churches and about 300 homes were torched.

Pres­i­dent Muham­madu Buhari con­demned the at­tacks and said the gov­ern­ment will de­fend Nige­ri­ans’ right to wor­ship freely.

It was the latest spasm of vi­o­lence by Boko Haram ex­trem­ists who have killed about 300 peo­ple in the past week — ap­par­ently af­ter an or­der by the self-pro­claimed Is­lamic State group for more may­hem dur­ing the Mus­lim holy month of Ramadan.

Ear­lier this year, Boko Haram be­came an af­fil­i­ate of the Is­lamic State group.

The dead­li­est at­tack came on Wed­nes­day when more than 140 peo­ple were killed — mostly men and boys mowed down by gun­fire as they prayed in mosques in the north­east­ern town of Kukawa.

Buri­als were held Mon­day for 51 peo­ple killed by the two bomb­ings a day ear­lier in Jos, said Mus­lim com­mu­nity lawyer Ahmed Garba.

Another 67 peo­ple were wounded

The ex­plo­sion at the Yan­taya Mosque came as cleric Sani Ya­haya was ad­dress­ing the wor­ship­pers, sur­vivors said.

Ya­haya is the na­tional chair­man of the Jama’atu Iza­latul Bidia or­ga­ni­za­tion, which preaches that all re­li­gions should peace­fully co­ex­ist.

AP PHOTO

In this photo taken on a mo­bile phone, de­bris lays strewn over the area af­ter a bomb ex­ploded at a mosque in Jos, Nige­ria, Mon­day. Two bombs blamed on the Is­lamic ex­trem­ist group Boko Haram ex­ploded at a crowded mosque and a Mus­lim res­tau­rant in Nige­ria's cen­tral city of Jos.

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