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Saturday, November 5, 2011

Red Cross: At Least 60 Dead In Nigeria Attacks


An official with the Nigerian Red Cross says at least 63 people are dead after a series of bombings and shootings carried out in a northeast Nigeria state capital and village.

Ibrahim Bulama, a Nigerian Red Cross official in Yobe state, said Saturday that it appeared many of the dead died in the bombing Friday of a three-story military office and barracks in Damaturu, the state capital. He says others died in shootings as gunmen bombed churches and a bank, then later attacked a village.

State government officials did not respond to requests for comment Saturday morning.

There was no claim of responsibility, but blame immediately fell on the sect known as Boko Haram, which has staged targeted assassinations and bombings around Nigeria's north.


Associated Press

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