22 Jan '12, 12am

At least 162 in Nigeria killed after coordinated bomb attacks, gun battles

At least 162 in Nigeria killed after coordinated bomb attacks, gun battles

Red Cross officials carry the victim of a bomb attack on a stretcher during an evacuation in Nigeria's northern city of Kano Jan 21, 2012. -- PHOTO: REUTERS KANO, Nigeria (AFP) - Bomb attacks targeting security forces and gun battles killed at least 178 people in Nigeria's second-largest city of Kano, where bodies littered the streets on Saturday, sources said. A curfew was imposed on Kano in Nigeria's mainly Muslim north after it exploded in violence on Friday evening, with eight police and immigration offices or residences targeted. The main newspaper in the north said a purported spokesman for Islamist group Boko Haram had claimed responsibility for the violence, saying it was in response to authorities' refusal to release its members from custody. Scores of such attacks in Nigeria's north have been blamed on Boko Haram, though Friday's would be among the group's most a...

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