Jihadists Suspected in Nigeria Wedding Party Massacre

Monday, 04 Nov 2013 11:01 AM

By Joel Himelfarb

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More than 30 people, including the groom, have been killed in a suspected jihadist attack on a Nigerian wedding party, Zee News reported Monday.
 
No group has announced responsibility for the attack. But it occurred in an area of Borno state in northeastern Nigeria where the militant Islamist organization Boko Haram is known to operate, and was the sort of mass-casualty terrorist attack the group is known for.
 
Boko Haram has been fighting to create what it regards as a “pure” Islamic state in Nigerian territory since 2009.
 
Press reports indicate that the wedding attack targeted people who had just attended a Muslim marriage ceremony in a nearby village.
 
Afterward, dead bodies lined a nearby road. Witnesses said some of the victims appeared to have been shot, while others had their throats slit.
 
The fate of the bride is unknown, the BBC reported
 
There has been an upsurge in violence recently in northern Nigeria. Dozens of people died recently after militants torched police and military buildings in the town of Damaturu, triggering a lengthy gun battle with security forces.
 
Abubakar Shekau, Boko Haram’s leader, claimed responsibility for that attack in a video released Sunday. It was published by the Daily Trust and posted on AllAfrica.Com.
 
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