128 died in a five hour boko haram gun battle with troops

Posted: October 31, 2013 in Uncategorized

At least 128 people have died in a five-hour gun battle between troops and members of the outlawed Boko Haram in Damaturu, the Yobe State capital.

According to a report by Associated Press (AP), military and hospital sources claimed that at least 95 militants, 23 soldiers and eight police officers were killed during the encounter.

Details still trickling in days after the Thursday and Friday attack on Damaturu raise doubts about military claims that it has the upper hand in the fight to halt an Islamic uprising in the North-east, nearly six months after the government imposed a state of emergency on Adamawa, Yobe and Borno States.

Reporters saw that the extremists had set ablaze four police command posts and an army barracks where they looted vehicles and weapons.
Police and witnesses said at least two civilians died — a man believed killed by the insurgents and a civil servant shot by soldiers for breaking the curfew.

Meanwhile, the Sultan of Sokoto, Alhaji Muhammad Sa’ad Abubakar III, Tuesday called on perpetrators of violence in the North to stop killing in the name of religion.

The sultan, while receiving in his palace in Sokoto a delegation led by a former Head of State, Gen. Abdulsalami Abubakar, said Islam abhorred the killing of innocent people without following due legal process.

According to him, the senseless killings of innocent citizens by insurgents was un-Islamic and should stop forthwith.

He added that such killings have nothing to do with Islam and as such, the Sultanate Council dissociated itself from those perpetrating such dastardly acts.

“Islam abhors killing of innocent souls unless through legal process where the court has sentenced an individual to death for a crime committed in line with Islamic law.

“So, I am calling on those perpetrating such killings in the name of Islam to stop such nefarious acts because what they are doing has nothing to do with Islam and we therefore, dissociate ourselves from such dastardly acts,” he said.
The sultan stressed the need for Muslims to learn to live peacefully with their Christian brothers for peace to reign in the polity.

He explained that they could, through their good conduct and adherence to Islamic tenets, persuade adherents of other religions to convert to Islam based on their good conduct.

He told the delegation, which was in Sokoto to attend the inauguration of the Sokoto State University, that the event had gone beyond celebration, as it was an indication that the administration of Governor Aliyu Wamakko was listening to the yearnings and aspirations of the people.

He lauded the former head of state for his commitment towards peace not only in Nigeria but in the world.

Earlier, Abubakar told the monarch that he was in Sokoto to inaugurate the state university.
He called on Nigerians to give peace a chance, stressing that without peace, there would be no Nigeria.

Abdulsalami was accompanied to the palace by former Vice-President Atiku Abubakar, New Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) Chairman, Alhaji Kawu Baraje, Adamawa State Governor Murtala Nyako and other top politicians.


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