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Boko Haram fortsetter sin voldsorgie i Nigeria, et land som har nok av kaos.

Gunmen killed seven people in the northeastern city of Potiskum on Saturday, raising the death toll to at least 30 during three days of violence, the police and residents said.

The gunmen, suspected of being members of the radical Islamist sect Boko Haram, shot and killed seven people, including a retired customs chief and his son, whose house was looted before it was burned early on Saturday, the police and neighbors said.

Potiskum, the commercial hub of Yobe State, has been hit hard by near daily acts of violence in recent weeks.

Before Saturday’s shootings, attacks by people thought to be Islamists that began on Thursday had already left at least 23 other people dead and several buildings destroyed.

A nurse at the general hospital in Potiskum said Saturday that 20 bodies had been delivered to the morgue, and residents said at least three bodies had been buried by relatives after Thursday’s attacks.

“Most of them have gunshot wounds, but some had their throat slit,” said the nurse, who asked not to be identified.
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Violence linked to Boko Haram’s insurgency in northern and central Nigeria, including killings by security forces, is believed to have left more than 2,800 people dead since 2009.

Boko Haram has said that it is seeking to establish an Islamic state in Nigeria, though its demands have repeatedly shifted.

The sect is believed to include a number of factions, and imitators and criminal groups carry out violence under its guise.

http://www.nytimes.com/2012/10/21/world/africa/attacks-tied-to-islamic-sect-kill-at-least-30-in-nigeria.html?_r=0