Gunmen Kill 15 Muslim Traders in Northern Nigeria

An official says gunmen have killed 15
people in a daylight attack near a northern Nigerian city where a
radical Islamist sect last week killed 185 people.


Zamfara state
spokesman Ibrahim Muhammad Birnin Magaji said Friday that the gunmen
burned the bodies of their victims in a village in Katsina state on
Thursday, about 120 miles (200 kilometers) from Nigeria’s largest
northern city of Kano.

Birnin Magaji said the
Muslim traders had been traveling from Zamfara state in a minibus to
sell their goods in a market in Katsina state.

He said authorities suspect an armed robbery attack, but no goods were reported missing.

The
killings come days after the Boko Haram sect claimed responsibility for
coordinated attacks in Kano. However, Birnin Magaji said it was
unlikely that the sect was involved because the area had seen similar
attacks.

THIS IS A BREAKING NEWS UPDATE. Check back soon for further information. AP’s earlier story is below.

LAGOS,
Nigeria (AP) – An audio message allegedly posted to the Internet by the
leader of a radical Islamist sect threatens the president of Nigeria
and denies his group killed civilians in a recent attack that saw at
least 185 people die.

The video posted to
YouTube shows a still image of Imam Abubakar Shekau, the leader of the
sect known as Boko Haram. Speaking in Hausa, Shekau says negotiations
suggested by President Goodluck Jonathan between the government and the
sect will not happen.

Shekau said: “If
Jonathan does not repent as a Muslim, even if I die myself, Jonathan’s
going to see. He’s looking at me like I’m nobody, but he’ll see.”

The sect claimed a Jan. 20 attack in the northern city of Kano that killed at least 185 people.

SOURCE: The Associated Press