Tuesday, 7 September 2010

Nigeria - Boko Haram killings in Maiduguri to be curtailed by army

Nigerian army and local police are patrolling the city of Maiduguri after a series of killings suspected to have been carried out by the Islamist group, Boko Haram. Twelve people, including seven policemen, have died in the past month.

The perpetrators are believed to have carried out the killings on motorcycles, which have now been banned from the city between the hours of 1800 and 0700.

"This is only the beginning. If this strategy doesn't work, we will call for a total ban on motorcycles in the state," said Borno state police commissioner Ibrahim Abdu.

The killings started last year when Boko Haram members attacked a police station in Maiduguri before clashes spread to neighbouring areas. Most of those killed were supporters of the Boko Haram, who wants to see Islamic law imposed across Nigeria. The group is opposed to Western education and accuses Nigeria's government of being corrupted by Western ideas.

Source: BBC News

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