Over 100 killed as clashes hit Nigeria city: witnesses

Islamist extremists continue to disrupt and kill. As I’ve stated in previous posts, these people are like rats; they are spread all over the world and wherever they go they cause a plague of sorts just as rats do. They need to be exterminated, but until then, the death toll around the globe will continue to rise because of them. TGO

Refer to story below. Source: Associated Press

POTISKUM, Nigeria (AFP) – More than 100 people were killed during clashes between Islamist extremists and security forces in a city in northeastern Nigeria, witnesses said on Tuesday.

Authorities have yet to confirm the toll following the clashes in Maiduguri, which occurred after fighting erupted at the weekend between security forces and extremists in Nigeria’s mainly Muslim north.

“Over 100 dead bodies have been deposited at the premises of the police headquarters and more are still being brought in,” Ibrahim Bala, a local radio journalist, told AFP.

Another local journalist said she counted more than 100 bodies dumped on the grounds of the police station in the city, the capital of Borno state which shares a common border with neighbours Cameroon, Niger and Chad.

Police trucks and vans were driving around picking up dead bodies off the streets.

“Fighting has stopped since last night, but bodies are still being taken to the police headquarters in trucks and vans,” said Bala.

President Umaru Musa Yar’Adua has placed the security forces on maximum alert.

A dusk-to-dawn curfew has been imposed in Maiduguri where a joint police-military force launched an offensive after bands of militants rampaged through the city on Monday.

Witnesses said fighting had died down in the city on Tuesday but sporadic gunshots rang out as security forces fired in the air to scare away any remaining militants.

Police said the militants had fled to forests around the town where they were being hunted down.

“Our men are now battling these extremists in nearby forests where they fled after we dealt with them here,” a police official told AFP on condition of anonymity.

Truckloads of armed police were seen heading in to the forests.

Haruna Dauda, another local journalist said dozens of other militants had kept a vigil around their mosque and outside the home of Mohammed Yusuf, their spiritual leader in Maiduguri.

Fighting erupted at the weekend after the self-styled Taliban militants went on a rampage, attacking police stations, prisons, churches and government institutions across four northern states in Nigeria.

In Yobe’s Potiskum town, the rebels torched a police station, burnt one policeman to death and slit the throat of a firefighter, police sources said.

So far, officials have put the toll at 55 dead in Bauchi and Yobe states.

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