Kano, Nigeria, 28 Jumadil Akhir 1434/8 May 2013 (MINA) – Military sources in Nigeria said 200 armed group arrived in buses and pick-up trucks attack militari barracks and the police on the northeastern town of Bama on Tuesday (7/5) , 55 people dead.
Boko Haram suspected to be behind the deadly siege, coordinated strike first hitting the army barracks and the police station before breaking into the town’s prison.
Military spokesman Sagir Musa told Reuters that 22 police officers, 14 prison officials, two soldiers and four civilians were killed in the five-hour raid, while 13 of the armed group’s own members died. The attack is one of the opposition movement most deadly single strikes since 2009.
During the five-hour raid, gunmen freed 105 prisoners, while the town’s police station, army barracks and government buildings were reportedly set ablaze. The Independent reported as monitored by Mi’raj News Agency (MINA).
The opposition movement group, based in northern Nigeria, once specialised in robbing banks and attacking Christian group. But the last four years has seen something of a step-change in their attacks, with gunmen and bombers, according to Human Rights Watch (HRW).
Western governments are increasingly concerned about Nigerian armed movement linking up with other groups in the West African region.
Clashes between rival ethnic groups also happened and have killed at least 39 people in eastern Nigeria’s Taraba state.
Members of the Jukun were marching through the small commercial town of Wukari to a funeral when an argument broke out with local Hausa and Fulani youths. It quickly degenerated into pitched battles with guns and machetes.
Attackers set fire to about 40 houses, police said.
“At the end of the clash, 39 people were counted killed,” said Taraba state police spokesman Joseph Kwaji.
He said that 32 people were injured and 40 were arrested.
Taraba state is part of a volatile “Middle Belt” where Nigeria’s largely Christian south and mostly Muslim north meet. Violence often flares in the Middle Belt over land disputes between semi-nomadic, cattle-keeping communities such as the Fulani and settled farming peoples such as the Jukun.
Fulani tend to be Muslim; other ethnic groups who see themselves as indigenous to the Middle Belt, including the Jukun, are mostly Christian, which sometimes gives the clashes a religious dimension.
Communal violence also has flared this year in Plateau state, which borders Taraba.
Last month, the U.S. Commission on International Freedom said more than 100 people had been killed in clashes there since March 2013 ago .(T/P09/P04).
Mi’raj News Agency (MINA)