January 23, 2012 Leave a comment
Nigeria (AP) — The aging Muslim spiritual leader of this northern Nigeria city, his eyes heavy with fatigue, leaned into a microphone Monday and whispered to God his wish for peace after the killing of more than 150 people in an attack by a radical Islamist sect.
On the street, however, smudged black graffiti written in charcoal gave a different message: “Boko Haram good.”
Though businesses reopened and traffic again filled the streets Monday of Nigeria’s second-largest city, people in Kano remained fearful the radical sect known as Boko Haram will attack again. And as soldiers and fearful police melted away from public view, it is unclear what security remains in this city of more than 9 million people.
“We are not safe at all,” warned resident Aminu Garba, 38. “We are not safe.”
The Nigerian Red Cross estimates more than 150 people died in Friday’s attack in Kano after at least two Boko Haram suicide bombers detonated explosive-laden cars. The attack hit police stations, immigration offices and the local headquarters of Nigeria’s secret police, leaving corpses in the streets across the city, many wearing police or other security agency uniforms. The scale of the attack left President Goodluck Jonathan speechless as he toured what remained of a regional police headquarters Sunday.
Authorities say they still expect the death toll to rise…
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