At Least 120 Dead in Nigeria Attack

    Image #: 16611509    Smoke rises from the police headquarters as people run for safety in Nigeria's northern city of Kano January 20, 2012. At least six people were killed in a string of bomb blasts on Friday in Nigeria's second city Kano and the authorities imposed a curfew across the city, which has been plagued by an insurgency led by the Islamist sect Boko Haram. There was no immediate claim of responsibility for the apparently coordinated attacks. REUTERS/Stringer (NIGERIA - Tags: CRIME LAW CIVIL UNREST TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY)       REUTERS /STR /LANDOV

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    At least 120 people were killed in a series of coordinated bomb blasts and shootouts in the northern city of Kano on Friday, and the Islamic terrorist group Boko Haram has already taken responsibility. Officials said police stations and other state buildings were targeted, and the attacks including a shootout at the headquarters of the State Security Service. Police so far have only confirmed seven deaths, but bodies were seen strewn across the streets and hospitals and other aid groups put the death toll closer to 120. This marks the deadliest attack ever by Boko Haram, a group of militants who want to establish Islamic law across Nigeria. Muslims represent about half of Nigeria’s population, the other half are Christians.

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