Death Toll Rises From Yobe Attacks, Pope Condems Violence

Death Toll Rises From Yobe Attacks, Pope Condems Violence
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According to the Associated Press, the Nigerian Red Cross confirmed on Sunday that the death toll in the recent northeast Nigerian attacks launched by Boko Haram has risen to over 100, and is expected to get higher.

Local clinics and hospitals are still counting the casualties from the attacks Friday in Damaturu, Yobe State capital, Ibrahim Bulama told The Associated Press.

Despite the gruesome violence of the past few days, however, Bulama confirmed to the AP that the city’s Muslim inhabitants in the somber town still celebrated the religious Eid-el Kabir although amid tight security.

The AP also reported another murder which occured on Sunday in Maiduguri, where the sect carried out the murder of a police inspector.

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According to local police commissioner Simeon Midenda, gunmen held up the officer’s car at gunpoint as he neared a mosque to pray with his family. They then ordered his family away, shot the inspector to death before allowing the family to drive the car away.

“Our men who live in the midst of the Boko Haram are not safe,” Midenda said.

The United Nations secretary-general Ban Ki-moon also spoke out against the violence in Africa’s most populous nation. According to the AP, the U.N.’s Security Council issued statements late Saturday calling the attacks “criminal and unjustifiable” and asked members to help Nigerian authorities bring those responsible to justice.

SG Ban Ki-moon called for “an end to all violence in the area,” while offering sympathy for the victims.

Pope Benedict XVI also raised his voice in an outcry against violence in Nigeria. Speaking to tourists in St. Peter’s Square on Sunday, the Pope said he was following the news from Nigeria and appealed for an end to all violence, saying it only increases problems, sowing hatred and division even among the faithful, the AP reported.

Boko Haram claimed responsibility for the attacks Friday, which included suicide bombings and shootings.

NAN
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