Nigeria/Latest News: A member of Nigeria’s Islamist Boko Haram sect on Saturday claimed responsibility for the wave of bomb attacks that killed at least 63 people in the northeast of the country on Friday.
Boko Haram has been blamed for scores of bomb blasts and shootings, mainly in Nigeria’s northeast.
“We will continue attacking federal government formations until security forces stop persecuting our members and vulnerable civilians,” Qaqa vowed.
The Friday bomb and gun attacks targeted police stations, an army base and churches in the northeastern Nigerian cities of Damaturu, where all the deaths occurred along with hundreds wounded, and Maiduguri.
Authorities said two of the attacks were carried out by suicide bombers.
The string of attacks came two days ahead of the annual Muslim celebration of Eid al-Adha, or the Feast of Sacrifice.
Police have been placed on red alert nationwide.
Militants from Boko Haram, whose name means “Western Education Is Sin” in the regional Hausa language, have in the past targeted police and military, community and religious leaders, as well as politicians.