Red Berets of the Nigeria Police Force Anti Terrorism Squad

Red Berets of the Nigeria Police Force’s Counter Terrorist Unit

By Garba Muhammed
KADUNA NIGERIA | Wed Jul 23, 2014

Two bomb blasts in the north Nigerian city of Kaduna killed at least 82 people on Wednesday, officials said, in attacks that bore the hallmarks of violent Islamist group Boko Haram.

A suicide bomber targeting a moderate Muslim cleric killed at least 32 of the cleric’s congregation on a busy commercial road. Shortly after, a second bomb blast killed 50 people in the crowded Kawo market on Wednesday, a local Red Cross worker on the scene, who declined to be named,told Reuters.

Thousands were gathered for prayers with Sheikh Dahiru Bauchi in Murtala Muhammed square,and when his convoy pulled up, the bomber lunged at him before being stopped by his private security,witnesses and police said.

“The attack was targeted at the sheikh. No arrest has been made yet,” said police commissioner Shehu Umar.The bomb did not injure Bauchi, several witnesses told Reuters. Mustafa Sani, a volunteer for Bauchi’s mosque evacuating bodies, said there were 32 confirmed dead so far.

“Somebody with a bomb vest … was blocked. He detonated the bomb along with the person that tried to block him,” Umar said,adding that police had only been able to confirm 25 dead, with 14 wounded. Police sometimes give lower casualty tolls than workers on the scene.

A Reuters reporter saw blood and body parts scattered on the Alkali Road in the city center. The military used pick-up trucks to cordon off the area. Sirens wailed as fire engines raced to the scene.

An angry crowd started throwing stones at police,who responded by dispersing them with tear gas. Some followers had come from Senegal, Chad and Niger to see the popular sheikh.


There was no immediate claim of responsibility for either blast, but Islamist militant group Boko Haram has been staging attacks, especially with explosives, outside its northeastern heartlands in the past three months.

Since launching an insurgency in 2009, the militants have often
attacked clerics,like Bauchi,who take issue with their Salafist ideology. If Boko Haram is responsible for Wednesday’s attack,it underscores the risks moderate clerics take speaking out against it

The insurgents, who are fighting to carve out an Islamic state in
Nigeria, have repeatedly targeted civilians this year, mostly in remote northeastern Borno state. They killed more than 2,000 civilians during the first half of this year, Human Rights Watch(HRW) estimated a week ago. The Islamists sacked the northeast town of Damboa and surrounding villages over the weekend, killing at least 50 people.

The rebellion has been in the international spotlight since Boko
Haram fighters kidnapped more than 200 girls from a school in the northeastern village of Chibok on April 14th. President Goodluck Jonathan met parents of the abducted girls, and some other girls who had escaped, for the first time on Tuesday.

Boko Haram leader Abubakar Shekau last week claimed
responsibility for two explosions on June 25 at a fuel depot in
Lagos, Nigeria’s commercial hub, that killed at least two people.

A military offensive since May last year that was meant to dismantle their hold on the northeast has caused the militants to react in two ways: brutal attacks on civilians in the region have surged dramatically, and efforts to strike out in areas far from the rebels’ strongholds have resumed. A blast in the central city of Jos, 170km (105 miles) east of Kaduna, killed 118 people in May.

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  1. peccavi says:

    What I am curious about is how long (or if at all) there is a claim or video from Boko Haram

  2. Tobey says:

    This just reinforces my belief that the group has not been properly infiltrated by the DSS..

  3. jimmy says:

    The f.g.owes it to the moderate islamic clerics who are constantly putting their lives on the line by denoncing b.h.May the souls of the departed rest in peace.

  4. drag_on says:

    It seems as though Buhari was the target of the second blast,thank goodness he is safe,there would have been chaos.

    • bigbenjy says:

      My brother I don’t go into politics but if MB was hurt I will be in naija asap,let d war begin west Africa will burn seriously.Anyone in d intelligence services know who is behind this as well as everything around

  5. drhobert says:

    Dis attack goes to shw dat boko is enemy of all xristian or muslim nd their attacks hav no strict religious colouration.I wish CAN nd those saying it is a southern agenda can see dis.Uniting d pple is a major part of winning d war.

  6. bigbenjy says:

    @igbi can u stop typing,u are annoying and don’t c widely

  7. drhobert says:

    @Big Benjy abeg clarify or statement

    • bigbenjy says:

      Guy from Iraq, Afghanistan,Gaza,Syria every where is all geopolitical interest BH is offshoot of Isis and their dream is to spread a useless caliphate,d answers j am yet to get is y d truth of d main sponsor are not revealed we know who they are if u follow current world event u will have full knowledge who are directly funding this ppl and their pat sis are trained by and installed to respective arms of our Government,u all cry hear we need this weapons and that weapons to fight a rag tag army.weapons we have can level d whole of west Africa in matter of a short period.we have d men and resources but here is d jeck why send new recruits to TOW with no perfect understanding of d demographic challenges soldiers complain and were shot by their superiors did any of u hear of that No,bit it is true d while thing is a classical Ops just like Iraq,Syria etc one government fighting fighting same enemies they created.I posted here of weapons being handed to BH by d army it is d same thing we did in Afghanistan leaving CP with all weapons and Taliban have an hour to clear them b4 an A10 comes in. but till we open our eyes we are in a deep mess yesterday assassination attempt was just a warning to any one who will stand in their way and unfortunately we can’t c it because we are divided on religious and ethnic lines.

      • Are James says:

        You are making some sense. I don’t believe in looking at ‘staged news’ myself but ask some fundamental questions. There are too many smart people acting stupid in the world today and too many stupid people looking smart. Things that are in the realm of fantasy are becoming reality. Take this one about insurgents taking over an NA position and only 200 soldiers were sent to take back the place without success or BH moving about in a convoy of vehicles including MRAPs. This is not the Nigerian Army. Please let us come off it. It is not even S.Leonean army.

  8. NaijaSeal says:

    Is it just me or did anyone understand what Bigbenjy is/was (trying) to say?

    Please try a little coherence, abeg. You are not sounding.. ehm so good.

    • bigbenjy says:

      What I am saying or trying to say is external players are 100% involved in our issues in Nigeria and goddamn it a bomb blast in Kano just now.wake up ppl

    • bigbenjy says:

      Listen man I served in a intelligence unit and seen tours OK. I am not hear to boast but pass a wide range of views within my scope of being there and experience first hand.I use reference not to get in trouble because we are all snooped at and I want to b home safe,don’t
      mind my typo just read in btw my message and see where I am coming from if not look and pass.tnx

      • Are James says:

        Continue coding man, use any cryptographical technique but send us the key by mail first. lol.

  9. bigbenjy says:

    Do anyone here remember a story about Iraq 2008 when british and Israeli soldiers caught dressed as shia militia shooting Sunnis in Basra and rescue was done to recover them by sas killing Iraqis in d process,if anyone who c things widely will know such is happening in Nigeria soldiers caught as Fulani herdsmen killing tiv or jukun ppl so as to continue fighting same in born,jos,bauchi etc if I lie check d facts

    • peccavi says:

      When/ where exactly did that happen, pray tell?

      • Eugene4eveR says:

        I hate to be a name caller like General Igbi, BUT Bigbenjy, your way no pure at all. You keep on dropping sahara “mis-reporters” like posts, all targeted at tarnishing the image of OUR Government and military, as well as inciting conflict between our already fractured populace.

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