Boko Haram attack in Nigeria leaves 60 dead

Published February 21st, 2014 - 06:09 GMT
Boko Haram, an Islamist terror organization, has killed thousands in Nigeria since 2009.  (AFP/File)
Boko Haram, an Islamist terror organization, has killed thousands in Nigeria since 2009. (AFP/File)

An attack by Boko Haram in a northeast town of Nigeria has left 60 people dead, AFP reports. Gunmen stormed the town around 4 a.m. and terrorized citizens by tossing bombs haphazardly into buildings.

“The attackers caused enormous destruction. They burnt down some of the major landmarks in the town including the local government secretariat” the police commissioner, Lawal Tanko, told AFP. He added that the death toll is likely to increase.

Fighter jets flew in from the capital to suppress the raid, dropping bombs on the insurgents as they fled.

The leader of Boko Haram, Abubakar Shekau, recently released a video threatening to attack the oil producing Niger Delta region. This southern region produces roughly two million barrels of crude oil per day, the highest in Africa.

Shekau has been declared a global terrorist by the United States, but it is unclear if his influence stretches beyond the northeast region.

Boko Haram seeks to establish an Islamic state in northern Nigeria.


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