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Nigeria: Boko Haram Stikes Again


(RFE/RL) — Reports say at least 120 people (other reports say 180) were killed in seemingly coordinated bombing and shooting attacks by Islamist militants in the northern Nigerian city of Kano.

Aid workers said dozens of bodies had been recovered from the streets, and hospital records seen by reporters said 120 corpses had been admitted.

That contradicts police statements that 7 people died in the attacks, which hit a total of eight locations on january 20, including police headquarters, three police stations, the headquarters of the secret services and the immigration head office.

Police have imposed a curfew in Kano, which has suffered from frequent attacks by the Islamist sect Boko Haram.

The same group claimed responsibility for a Christmas day bomb attack on a church outside the capital Ajuba which killed 37 people and wounded 57 more.

Boko Haram considers all who do not follow its strict ideology as infidels, whether they be Christian or Muslim.

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