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Nigeria Mobile Phone Mast Attacks Kill 15, Schools Burnt
Fri Sep, 07 2012

By Tony Abrahams


Attacks claimed by Nigerian Islamist group Boko Haram targeting mobile phone towers in recent days have also left 15 people dead and buildings burnt, including two schools, officials said on Friday.

More than two dozen mobile phone towers for various providers have been destroyed in cities across northern Nigeria this week, marking a new type of attack from a group that has become notorious for deadly gun and bomb assaults.

Police said that two primary schools, a fire station, an electoral office and two religious affairs buildings were also burnt in the northeastern city of Damaturu, which has been hard hit by Boko Haram.

"The attackers also burnt down two primary schools, an (electoral) office, the fire service, the pilgrims' welfare board and the ministry for religious affairs," said Patrick Egbuniwe, police commissioner for Yobe state, where Damaturu is located.

Egbuniwe confirmed that five people were killed during the attacks on the mobile phone towers in Damaturu, but a hospital source put the death toll at 15, including a protocol officer for the state government.

"Thirteen bodies were brought to the morgue on Wednesday night following explosions and shootings around telecom masts," the source said on condition of anonymity.

"The bodies were brought in by soldiers. Two more bodies were brought Thursday morning. We have 15 bodies in all. They all have gunshot wounds."

Boko Haram claimed the attacks on mobile phone towers in a statement on Thursday, alleging telecom providers had assisted authorities in investigating the group.

It also threatened journalists for Voice of America radio, which operates a Hausa-language service listened to throughout Nigeria's north.

The threat follows a recent VOA report quoting a supposed Boko Haram spokesman saying dialogue was currently underway with the government.

Boko Haram has previously threatened journalists it accused of misrepresenting it and bombed the Abuja offices of one of the country's most prominent newspapers in April.

The group is accused of killing more than 1,400 people since 2010 in its insurgency. It has demanded the creation of an Islamic state in Africa's most populous nation and largest oil producer, though its demands have repeatedly shifted.


Article Comments
On Mon Mar, 25 2013 08:53   by MAXY
No matter the pressure mounted by this satanic incarnate known as Boko Haram,Nigeria will never be factionalized.The Northern elites should not allow these faceless beasts to destroy their infrastructures,though we are aware of the fact that there are some disgruntled elements among them who are funding this faceless sect.
On Wed Nov, 21 2012 01:54   by Hassan Mohammed
Boko Haram are suffering from human-teraculousity. They should better beg Allah for forgiveness or else, face continuous military sanction.
On Tue Sep, 11 2012 08:52   by ahmed aliyu
as a notherner it is unfortunate what the politicians are doing to the north, these are ireparable damages to the psych and livlyhood of the impoverished people of the north and conequently the destruction of the political uperhand greated by ahmadu bello and other great nothern politicians "may almighty alla grant them eternal rest",they will be ashamed of what the north have become lately due to the share lack of political wisdom our leaders have resorted to thurgry and terror to be counted in our countrys political equation . what a decline and we have lost it all. while other parts of Nigeria is moving and searching we are burning down our cities and obliterating civilisation in protest of nothing. its shameful that I left kano Awka seeking shelter and peace and I got it there.

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