Gunmen kill traditional leader in Nigeria

Gunmen kill traditional leader in Nigeria
# 25 July 2014 04:23 (UTC +04:00)

According to witnesses from the Biu district, the gunmen, who were dressed as soldiers, attacked around midnight on Wednesday and killed Alhaji Ibrahim Dawi along with 11 others.

Local residents said Boko Haram Takfiri militants had been in control of the town of Damboa, which neighbors the Biu district, after attacking the town on July 18. But Nigerian officials have dismissed the claim, saying they have not conceded "one inch" of land to Boko Haram.

On Wednesday, more than 80 people were killed in two separate bomb attacks in the city of Kaduna. No group has yet claimed responsibility for the violence, but this comes in light of growing militancy in Nigeria by the Boko Haram.

The notorious group has repeatedly targeted civilians, mostly in the remote northeastern state of Borno, killing more than 2,000 civilians since January.

Nigerian President Goodluck Jonathan recently sought parliament’s approval to borrow USD 1 billion from abroad to help fight against the Takfiri militants.

Boko Haram -- whose name means “Western education is forbidden” -- says its goal is to overthrow the Nigerian government.

It has claimed responsibility for a number of deadly gun and bomb attacks in various parts of Nigeria since 2009.

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