Radical Islamic sect attacks of blood in northern Nigeria, at least 150 killed
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At least 150 people were killed in a series of gun and bomb attacks in northern Nigeria on Saturday, the Islamist Boko Haram sect claimed.
The radical Islamic sect Boko Haram claimed responsibility for the attacks, which included bombing a government building and gunning down over 63 people in the northern city of Damaturu, while another suicide attack in neighbouring Maiduguri town left for dead.
A spokesman for Boko Haram said the group is responsible for the series of overnight attacks.
Pamela Geller wrote: Militants from Boko Haram, whose name means â€śWestern Education Is Sinâ€ť in the regional Hausa language, have in the past targeted police and military, community and religious leaders, as well as politicians.
The Boko Haram sect has been responsible for a number of sectarian attacks in the recent past in northern Nigeria, posing a big challenge to the nation's security agencies. The sect, which wants to see the establishment of an Islamic state in northern Nigeria, staged an uprising which was brutally put down by security forces in 2009.