Nigerian gunmen kill groom, guest at wedding.
AFP, Kano: Gunmen on Saturday December 3, 2011 opened fire on a wedding in the restive northeastern Nigerian city of Maiduguri, killing the groom and a guest, an army spokesman said, as quoted by AFP.
“Some gunmen who are yet to be identified arrived at the wedding and opened fire on the groom, killing him on the spot along with a guest,” Lieutenant Colonel Hassan Mohammed told AFP.
“The attackers also injured three other guests and fled,” he said, adding that an investigation had launched into the killings.
Mohammed said the slain 30-year-old Burusknen Muduga Buruksnen was a former councillor in the city.
Maiduguri has been rocked by near daily bomb and gun attacks by the radical Islamist Boko Haram sect in recent months.
Boko Haram, blamed for scores of bomb and gun attacks in Nigeria, launched an uprising in 2009 put down by a brutal military assault that left hundreds dead, and its mosque and headquarters in Maiduguri in ruins.
It appeared to go dormant for about a year before re-emerging with a series of hit-and-run shootings targeting policemen, politicians, and religious and community leaders.
The sect has also claimed responsibility for the suicide bombing of UN headquarters in the capital Abuja that killed at least 24 people in August.
USAfrica, and first African-owned, U.S-based newspaper published on the internet USAfricaonline.com; The Black Business Journal, CLASSmagazine, PhotoWorks.TV, AchebeBooks.com, Nigeria360, USAfricaTV and several blogs, assessed by The New York TImes as the largest and arguably most influential multimedia networks for Africans and Americans. News@USAfricaonline.com. wireless: 1-832-45-CHIDO (24436). Office: 713-270-5500.
Why Chinua Achebe, the Eagle on the Iroko, is Africa’s writer of the century. By Chido Nwangwu, Publisher of USAfrica, and first African-owned, U.S-based newspaper published on the internet USAfricaonline.com https://usafricaonline.com/chido.achebebest.html
USAfrica: As Egypt’s corrupter-in-chief Mubarak slides into history’s dustbin. By Chido Nwangwu. https://usafricaonline.com/2011/01/30/chido-nwangwu-as-egypt-corrupter-in-chief-mubarak-slides-into-historys-dustbin-egyptians-not-waiting-for-obama-and-united-nations/