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Cleric, retired guard killed in Nigeria

2012-05-26 20:01

Kano - Gunmen killed a Muslim cleric and a retired prison guard on Saturday in northeastern Nigeria, residents and a medic said, amid a wave of such killings blamed on Islamist group Boko Haram.

Early on Saturday, gunmen forced their way into the home of cleric Usman Muhammad in the Indiski area of the town of Potiskum in Yobe state and shot him dead, a resident said.

The attackers then broke into the home next door and shot dead the former prison guard, according to the resident.

A doctor at the government hospital in the city said two bodies with bullet wounds were deposited at the morgue on Saturday.

"The bodies were identified as a cleric who ran an Islamic seminary and a retired prison guard who were neighbours," said the doctor on condition of anonymity.

Another Muslim cleric was wounded on Friday by unknown gunmen in the state capital Damaturu, residents said.

Clerics have been targeted in the past due to their criticism of Boko Haram or when they were seen as linked to the government, among other reasons, though the details of the fresh shootings were unclear.

Potiskum, the economic capital of Yobe state, has been rocked by deadly attacks and targeted killings blamed on Boko Haram along with other areas of Nigeria's north.

Despite the imposition of an emergency decree, the deployment of troops and a dusk-to-dawn curfew in Potiskum, attacks persist in the city.

Two people were killed on Thursday when gunmen in a car opened fire at Potiskum's timber market, according to residents.

Comments
  • zaatheist - 2012-05-27 05:18

    It is a sad but undeniable fact that wherever there is a significant Muslim population in the World there is violence. If they are not killing each other over which Islamic cult knows best as to how to flatter the invisible magic man in the sky then the fight is with others who worship and flatter a different version of said magic man.

  • Ridwaan Moola - 2012-05-27 07:41

    Get your facts straight boet...where the is significant population of Muslims and Islamic law prevails holds the least amount of crime in the world... Unfortunately those who lack the belief in God or have a lack of morals tend to not consider the consequences of their actions ... Further more,study the rules of Islam before branding your theory, a Muslim should not harm anyone!! Radical groups arise in every sect of life,it doesn't make it right and neither does it mean everyone in that race practices upon that, why don't you talk about the recent white gunmen who just for the fun of it started shooting down innocent people... Make a claim of religion there... Or are they atheist?? Stop using your narrow minded brain and do some intelligent research !!

      AnthonyfromAfrica - 2012-05-27 08:48

      Ridwaan, ""Islamic law prevails holds the least amount of crime in the world..."" Maybe, just maybe, that counts for shoplifting etc, but for most , a suicide bomber commits the most shocking and evil crime possible. And lets be honest, some Muslims are pretty good at it !! Not too many suicide bombers in Amsterdam, Rome or Los angeles!! But grant you, most muslims would not dream for a second, blowing up others, and they are totally disgusted with those Muslim brothers!!

  • Ridwaan Moola - 2012-05-27 10:16

    Mr Anthony, I know of a few incidents in history that hold white suicide bombers... Are they Christian,Jewish , Muslim ??? Never stated! It's a belief that has been made to be true within the media that Muslims project violence... U talk about petty theft, and that suicide bombing being the worst of crime.. In MY OPINION , can a crime of any nature be called the worst? To the person who has suffered the crime is not their violation the worst... I ask this based on a person who may have been hijacked? A person who may have been raped or even gang raped ? A mother , sister , wife , daughter , son , husband , father ect who has lost a loved one due to the greed and violence of another ?? I think that statement should be thought of properly my friend , islam forbids any type of malice toward anyone,and in fact promotes tolerance amongst everyone... I'm not here to give you a lecture on the promotion of religion,as I'm sure no religion believes in harming another... But in reality, the only known religion according to the media that has a violent streak is Islam, take note of any past or future article of a crime, the persons religion is never brought in , nationality or race is the description ! It's a wonder what the world , or should I say, who in the world ?? wants us to believe what's in the media , I think it's time we all used logic instead of just following the masses... And I thank you for the last statement in your response, I for one do not condone the killing of innocent ppl

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