Bombings and shootings leave at least 67 dead


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At least 67 people have been killed in a wave of bombings and shootings that targeted police stations, banks and churches in northern Nigeria, officials said yesterday.

No organisation has claimed responsibility, but there are suspicions that the radical Islamist group Boko Haram may have been responsible. The attacks started with a car bomb, which exploded outside a military barracks in the city of Damaturu, the capital of Yobe State. Gunmen then charged through the town, torching police stations and churches. A branch of a local bank was also destroyed.