Nigeria Mosque Attack Kills 100

Nigeria

An attack on a mosque in Nigeria on Friday in the city of Kano resulted in 100 being killed and 135 wounded, according to the governor of Kano state. Kano is north Nigeria’s biggest city.

On Friday, officials had reported that 81 people had been killed in the mosque attack. Though no one has yet claimed responsibility for the attack, according to Reuters, who broke this story, the coordinated attack had similarities to ones conducted by Islamist Boko Haram militants. After they set off three bombs, gunmen then opened fire on the worshippers.

Boko Haram holds the traditional Islamic religious authorities in disdain, as the Sunni jihadist movement strives to bring back a sort of medieval Islamic caliphate in northern Nigeria. The mosque that was attacked is right next to the emir’s palace. He is the second highest African Islamic authority and is a critic of Boko Haram.

Boko Haram has engaged in a bloody campaign lasting six years so far. The militant group has attacked
government buildings, churches, military bases, police stations, and schools. Nigeria’s Preisdent Goodluck Jonathan promised that the people behind the attack on the mosque would be brought to justice.

Written By Douglas Cobb

Sources:
Reuters
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