Nigeria violence kills at least 185

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Fighting between Nigeria's military and Islamist extremists killed at least 185 fishing community members on Friday


Fighting between Nigeria's military and Islamist extremists killed at least 185 people in a fishing community in the nation's far northeast, officials said on Sunday.

The fighting in Baga began Friday and lasted for hours, sending people fleeing into the arid scrublands surrounding the community on Lake Chad. The unrest saw insurgents fire rocket-propelled grenades and soldiers spray machine-gun fire into neighbourhoods filled with civilians.

By Sunday, when government officials felt safe enough to see the destruction, homes, businesses and vehicles were burned throughout the area.

The assault marks a significant escalation in the long running insurgency Nigeria faces in its predominantly Muslim north, with extremists mounting a coordinated assault on soldiers using military-grade weaponry.

Written By: AP
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  1. why don´t those who want to, set a date with every other human who wants to kill another one and let them have it out on that one day, or on successive days… and for ever let us others live our lives in peace..
    is that really too much to ask for??

  2. There is a tendency to tsk at the Nigerians for their lack of respect for democracy, but in the United States there are a huge number of people who would prefer a theocracy to a democracy, who don’t believe in freedom of religion, who don’t believe in separation of church and state.

    In Canada we have a fundamentalist Christian prime minister who has bit by bit muzzled the scientists and law enforcement and pushed his creationist ideas on the country.

    We tend to think of rationality as an inevitable tide, yet it is a battle that has to be refought for every generation.

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