Nigerian senator says 135 civilians killed

| April 13, 2014

Nigeria long has been touted as a point of pride in Africa with its growing economy and status as an oil-producing nation, as well as its reputation for being a thriving democracy. But, that status has been under attack over the years due to government corruption, the jailing and suspicious deaths of dissidents in oil-producing regions and political instability.  But, this latest insurrection in the north could plunge Africa’s largest nation into bloody chaos for years. What also remains to be seen is how the U.S. ultimately reacts with regard to its “strategic interests” in Nigeria.

Nigerian senator: ’135 civilians killed’ in attacks

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Gunmen have killed 135 civilians in north east Nigeria since Wednesday, a senior official from the region has told the BBC.

Borno state senator Ahmed Zannah said the killings took place in at least three separate attacks in the state.

The attackers are suspected to be from the Islamist Boko Haram movement.

At least 1,500 people, half of them civilian, have been killed in the restive north-eastern region this year, according to Amnesty International.

The organisation blamed both “an increase in attacks by Boko Haram and uncontrolled reprisals by Nigeria’s security forces” for the high death toll.

via BBC News – Nigerian senator: ’135 civilians killed’ in attacks.

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