Scrolling news:

Lebanon: Nasrallah: Israel on a path towards “suicide” in Gaza

Palestine: Two Palestinians killed as tens of thousands protest Israeli assault across West Bank

Palestine: Amid Gaza ceasefire calm, at least 40 dead bodies are found

Palestine: Entire 20 members of one family in Gaza killed prior to ceasefire, as death toll tops 940

Palestine: Seventeen killed in early morning hours of Friday

Palestine: Israeli forces invade Azzun in W Bank, use Palestinian civilians as human shields

Palestine: 931 Palestinians from Jerusalem & inside Israel taken captive in 3 Weeks

Saudi Arabia behind effort to disarm the Palestinian Resistance

Palestine: Civilian casualties continue to rise; 15 killed Thursday night

Palestine: Israeli attacks in Gaza kill 20 on Thurs afternoon

Palestine: Twelve Palestinians kidnapped by Israeli army in Hebron, Nablus

Palestine: 33 Palestinians killed in pre-dawn Israeli attacks in Gaza

Palestine: List of 714 Palestinians killed between July 8 and July 24

Palestine: Toddler ‘killed in ICU’ as Israel bombs Gaza City hospital

Palestine: Two Palestinians killed by Israeli fire in protest march near Ramallah, W Bank

Palestine: Dozens feared dead as Israel shells UN shelter in Beit Hanoun

Iraq: UN Secretary-General meets Ayatullah Al-Sistani for the first time in Najaf

Pakistan: Allama Talib Jauhri’s son-in-law shot dead in Karachi

Palestine: 73 Palestinians killed on Wed in Gaza, total death toll at 695

Palestine: 21 Palestinians killed in early dawn strikes in Gaza

Nigeria: Death toll in Nigeria attack hits 85

29th Jan 2014
Nigeria: Death toll in Nigeria attack hits 85

 

ABUJA, (Xinhua): Death toll of an attack by gunmen in Nigeria’s northeastern state of Borno hit 85 when rescue operators found more dead bodies while combing the area for casualties on Tuesday, a local official told Xinhua two days after the incident.

Ali Kaka Yale, scribe of Konduga local government area of the restive northern state, said 16 people were still missing after rescue operators had counted up to 85 dead bodies which littered the area after the tragic incident on Sunday.

The residents lost their lives when Kawuri District, the biggest town in Konduga, came under serious attack on Sunday evening despite a state of emergency declared by President Goodluck Jonathan about a year ago.

More dead bodies might be found as search and rescue mission continued, Yale said, while receiving Governor Kashim Shettima, who went to sympathize with the community over the carnage.

“Even today (Tuesday), we still picked two corpses and, so far, 85 people have been confirmed dead,” the local government official added.

Some 50 people who sustained injuries during the attack were assisted to local hospitals where they are being treated, he said.

On Monday, local police chief Lawan Tanko confirmed that scores of residents lost their lives in the attack. The police officer, who blamed the attack on the Boko Haram sect, also said there was possibility for an increase in the number of casualties as rescue operation was ongoing.

Local residents said scores of gunmen, who wielded AK 47 rifles and shot indiscriminately, set hundreds of houses ablaze with improvised explosive devices (IEDs).

Sources said the gunmen fled into Sambisa Games Forest, which has recently served as a place of refuge for fleeing Boko Haram fighters.

Meanwhile, governor Shettima described the attack as barbaric, while assessing the damage it caused on Tuesday.

He promised that the government would support the community by rebuilding the business centers burned by the insurgents during the attack.

No group has claimed responsibility for the attack, although it is a stronghold of Boko Haram, a sect which proves to be the major security threat in the West African country.

Last week, Nigeria’s newly appointed defense chief Alex Badeh vowed to end the insurgency of Boko Haram by April.

More than 1,500 people, including women and children, had been killed in the five-year insurgency of the sect.

Editor: Mu Xuequan

http://news.xinhuanet.com/english/africa/2014-01/29/c_126076454.htm

Leave a Comment

What is 9 + 3 ?
Please leave these two fields as-is:
IMPORTANT! To be able to proceed, you need to solve the following simple math (so we know that you are a human) :-)

Sectarianism in the Middle East and its rise in the UK, Standpoint, Sahar TV. Interview 29 May 2013 and aired on 12 June 2013


Latest Tweets

The Muslim News

awards

Awards for Excellence

Read more