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Nigeria: Straßenkämpfe und Anschlag auf Kirche: Das ölreiche (Shell) von Generälen in Kooperation mit dem britischen Botschafter kontrollierte (Jean Ziegler) Land, mit 150 Millionen das bevölkerungsreichste Land Afrikas in der Abwärtsspirale von Gewalt und Gegengewalt – das Land ist tief gespalten zwischen einer kleinen superreichen Minderheit, umgeben von einer kleinen Mittelklasse und einer Masse an absoluter Armut leidenden Menschen

Dezember 25, 2011

Bombenexplosion in Nigeria

Tote und Verletzte bei Anschlag in Abuja

Eine schwere Explosion hat am ersten Weihnachtsfeiertag die nigerische Hauptstadt Abuja erschüttert. Nahe einer katholischen Kirche wurde ein Bombenanschlag verübt. Rettungskräfte sprechen von vielen Toten und Verletzten. Die Ambulanzen würden nicht ausreichen, um alle schnellstmöglich zu versorgen.

In der Kirche hatten sich viele Christen versammelt, um eine Weihnachtsmesse zu feiern.

Steckt die Boko-Haram-Sekte hinter dem Anschlag?

Nigeria war zuletzt immer wieder von Bombenanschlägen und Attentaten der radikalen islamischen Sekte Boko Haram erschüttert worden. Ob zum aktuellen Anschlag ein Zusammenhang besteht, ist noch unklar.

Erst am Samstag waren bei Zusammenstößen zwischen Regierungstruppen und Kämpfern der radikal-islamischen Sekte Boko Haram im Nordosten Nigerias Dutzende Menschen getötet worden.

Allein seit vergangenem Jahr sind bei Anschlägen mindestens 500 Menschen getötet. Die 2002 gegründete Gruppe, die sich gegen jeden westlichen Lebensstil wendet, bezeichnet sich selbst auch als „nigerianische Taliban“.

Nigeria ist mit etwa 150 Millionen Einwohnern das bevölkerungsreichste Land Afrikas. Im Süden leben hauptsächlich Christen, im Norden Muslime.

http://www.tagesschau.de/ausland/nigeria332.html

Nigeria clashes kill at least 68, say officials

Casualties come after two days of gun battles between Nigerian security forces and Islamic militant group Boko Haram

Nigeria gun battles

Gun battles have broke, out between Nigerian security forces and suspected Islamist militants. Photograph: Reuters

Gun battles between Nigerian security forces and an Islamist sect have killed at least 68 people in two days of fighting in northern Nigeria, authorities and hospital sources have said.

Militant group Boko Haram, which wants to impose Islamic sharia law across the country split roughly equally between Christians and Muslims, has been blamed for scores of shootings and bombings in Nigeria’s remote, semi-arid north east, including a spate of attacks in the past few weeks.

Nigeria’s army killed more than 50 members of the sect during fighting on Thursday and Friday in the north-eastern city of Damaturu, Lieutenant General Azubuike Ihejirika, the force’s chief of staff, said in comments published in local media. Three soldiers also died, he added.

„There was a major encounter with Boko Haram in Damaturu and we overran their stronghold and their ammunition site,“ Ihejirika said.

„They came with sophisticated and heavy weaponry including GPMGs (machine guns) and bombs but our trained soldiers subdued them.“

Hospital sources in Damaturu said they had counted 50 bodies so far, but most of the dead were civilians.

„So far 50 bodies have been deposited at the mortuary by the military and police operatives,“ a hospital worker told Reuters by telephone. „They were … seven policemen, two soldiers and 41 civilians.“

In a separate incident in the city on Friday, suspected sect members opened fire on a group of policemen shortly after prayers, killing four, police said.

Residents said Damaturu was quiet on Saturday, but surveyed by a heavy military and police presence.

„Everywhere is so tense here. There’s nobody on the street except security men. The bodies of those killed are being removed from the mortuary … Our town is virtually a ghost town,“ Usman Mamman, a Damaturu resident, said by telephone.

At least 11 people were killed in another shootout in the remote northeastern city of Maiduguri, Boko Haram’s heartland on the threshold of the Sahara and bordering Chad, Niger and Cameroon, on Thursday, a morgue official said.

Clashes between security forces and the sect, whose name roughly translates as „western education is forbidden“, have become increasingly frequent in the past couple of weeks, as the north’s simmering conflict escalates.

There was no immediate comment from Boko Haram, which rarely makes public statements.

Before this year, the Islamist insurgency was largely contained in its heartland in Maiduguri. It has since has spread to other parts of the north, including neighbouring Yobe state, where Damaturu lies.

The town was the scene of the most deadly Boko Haram assault to date, when 65 people were killed in a wave of shootings and bombings on 5 November that left churches, police stations and mosques reduced to smouldering rubble.

This year the Islamists struck the capital Abuja twice, including a suicide car bomb attack against the UN headquarters that killed 26 people.

President Goodluck Jonathan, a southern Christian who has dismissed the Islamist rebellion as „a temporary setback“, made no mention of the violence in a statement on Saturday to mark this year’s Christmas celebrations. He focused instead on his economic „promise of national transformation“.

http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2011/dec/24/nigeria-security-forces-boko-haram

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