Sunday, February 12, 2012

Kano bombings: 'Extra-judicial' killings spark Nigeria fury

2 February 2012

It was, by all accounts, a devastating dawn raid on a married couple in their suburban house in northern Kano, Nigeria.

The security force's bullets tore through the walls, leaving gaping holes an inch wide, and a car was shot to pieces.

Tiles outside the door of the bedroom - which had been turned upside down in what appeared to be a frantic search for evidence - were stained with blood.

It was part of a sweep by security forces in which 150 people were arrested in the northern city of Kano.

It came three days after the 20 January string of bombings by the militant Islamist group Boko Haram killed at least 185 people - mostly civilians.

'Decent man'

One woman, who said she had raised the man killed in the attack from birth, is inconsolable.

"Alhaji was a decent man all his life. We always praised his attitude. We're all in shock," she told the BBC, as she wept heavily.

"I will never forgive those who killed him. I can't forgive them."

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