Suicide Bomber in Nigeria Kills at Least 5 Soldiers
[An Nahar] A jacket wallah in a car rammed into a military patrol on Sunday in the northeastern Nigerian city of Damaturu, killing himself and at least five soldiers, a security source said.
"The attacker died in the kaboom and five soldiers were also killed," the source said on condition of anonymity.
There was no immediate claim for the attack, but it was similar to scores of others carried out by radical Islamist group Boko Haram
... not to be confused with Procol Harum, Harum Scarum, possibly to be confused with Helter Skelter. The Nigerian version of al-Qaeda and the Taliban rolled together and flavored with a smigeon of distinctly Subsaharan ignorance and brutality...
, whose insurgency has killed hundreds in Nigeria.
The state police commissioner, Patrick Egbuniwe, confirmed the kaboom and said that there were military casualties, without providing a figure.
He provided a slightly different version of events, saying the suicide bomber was being chased by a military patrol vehicle and the driver went kaboom!" when soldiers closed in on him.
if you can't be a good example, then you'll just have to be a horrible warning...
the security source said the bomber in a sport-utility vehicle had been parked along the roadside and rammed into the multiple vehicle military convoy when it passed, affecting two of the vehicles.
Damaturu is located in Yobe state, which has been hard hit by attacks blamed on Boko Haram.
Sunday's attack follows a suicide bomber's attempt to assassinate Yobe state's top traditional Moslem leader, the Emir of Fika, on Friday.
The bomber sought to approach the emir after Friday prayers in the city of Potiskum but was pushed away. He went kaboom!" and maimed a number of others.
Authorities have been carrying out raids since the attempted attack in a bid to arrest suspected members of Boko Haram, which has claimed to be fighting for the creation of an Islamic state in Nigeria's mainly Moslem north.
The group is thought to include various factions with differing aims, however, and demands have repeatedly shifted.
In a video posted to YouTube on Saturday, the suspected leader of Boko Haram criticized U.S. President Barack Obama
I don't sit around just talking to experts because this is a college seminar, we talk to these folks because they potentially have the best answers, so I know whose ass to kick...
over Washington's decision to label him a "global terrorist".
It was unclear when the video was made, but it marked the first time Abubakar Shekau publicly addressed the terrorist designation slapped on him by the United States in June.
In addition to Shekau, the U.S. State Department also announced the designations for Abubakar Adam Kambar and Khalid al-Barnawi. Kambar and Barnawi were said to be linked to Boko Haram and Al-Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb, al-Qaeda's north African branch.
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