Gunmen kill Boko Haram critic
10 February 2012, 17:41
Kano - Gunmen in Nigeria's flashpoint city of Kano on Thursday shot dead
a man known for publicly criticising Boko Haram Islamists, blamed for a
series of recent attacks in the area, residents said.
Muhammadu, 60, was shot by two men riding on motorcycles as he left a
mosque in the Hoton Fulani area of the mainly Muslim northern city. He
died in hospital.
"We had just finished our evening prayers and
he was heading home when two men on motorcycles stopped close to him and
shot him twice before they drove off," resident Maikudi Danlami told
"They were from all indication members of Boko Haram because
after shooting him they said, 'let's see how you are going to be
critical of us. Let's see what your boasting can achieve," said Danlami,
who witnessed the shooting.
A nurse at a local hospital said Muhammadu "was shot twice at close range".
said that Muhammadu was known for openly criticising Boko Haram, who
have claimed a series of attacks in Kano, including a January 20 assault
that killed at least 185.
"He never hid his aversion to Boko
Haram and would voice his disapproval of the sect publicly," said Hasan
Kawu, another resident.
The Boko Haram insurgency has already
claimed more than 200 lives this year. The Islamists have largely struck
at the police and other symbols of authority, but Christians have also
In a leaflet distributed around Kano last month,
Boko Haram said it would target anyone who "collaborates" against the
group ", even if he is a Muslim."
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