Nigeria Recoils From Violence As Boko Haram Claims Responsibility, ‘We Praise God In This War For The Prophet’
Senator Gyang Dantong and Gyang Fulani from the Plateau House of Assembly were among 22 other mourners who were killed when gunmen opened fire on a mass burial.
As news of their killing spread, mobs set up roadblocks, prompting Governor Jonah Jang to impose an immediate dusk-to-dawn curfew in four areas.
Police sources said on Monday at least 25 gunmen had been arrested in connection with the attacks.
Sunday’s funeral ceremony was being held for the victims of attacks on villages in Barkin Ladi district in Plateau state which occurred a day earlier.
The villages had come under siege by attackers, who were dressed in camouflage military uniforms and bulletproof military vests. They roamed from one house top another attacking for nearly two hours.
One witness, who escaped, compared the scene to a war field telling local media he saw ‘hundreds’ of corpses, including that of a policeman. The state’s police spokesman, Abuh Emmanuel told AFP that a number of houses had been burnt.” Read more.
Nigeria’s Boko Haram Claims Deadly Plateau Attacks – “Nigerian Islamist sect Boko Haram said on Tuesday it was behind attacks in volatile Plateau state last weekend that killed at least 65 people, but security forces blamed the violence on localised ethnic clashes. ‘We praise God in this war for the Prophet Mohammad. We thank Allah for the successful attack in … Plateau state on Christians and security men,’ an email in the local Hausa language from the Boko Haram’s spokesman Abul Qaqa said. The email was sent to reporters in Boko Haram’s home base in northeast Maiduguri from an address previously used by Qaqa.” Read more.