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Saturday, November 5, 2011

Boko Haram claims attack that killed 63 in DAMATURU

DAMATURU (AFP) – A member of  Boko Haram sect on Saturday claimed responsibility for a wave of attacks that killed at least 63 people in the northeast of the country the day before.
“We are responsible for the attack in Borno (state) and Damaturu,” Abul Qaqa told an AFP correspondent by phone.

“We will continue attacking federal government formations until security forces stop persecuting our members and vulnerable civilians,” Qaqa vowed.

The Friday bomb and gun attacks, including two suicide blasts, targeted police stations, an army base and churches in the cities of Damaturu, Maiduguri and two other small towns.
“Sixty-three people (are) confirmed dead” in Damaturu, a Red Cross official who asked not to be named said.