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150 killed in attacks in Northern Nigeria state: official

(Xinhua)

09:43, January 22, 2012

Red Cross officials carry the victim of a bomb attack on a stretcher during an evacuation in Nigeria's northern city of Kano January 21, 2012. More than 100 people were killed in bomb attacks and gunfights in Nigeria's second largest city Kano late on Friday, a senior local government security source told Reuters, in the deadliest coordinated strike claimed by Islamist sect Boko Haram to date. (Xinhua/Reuters Photo)

KANO, Nigeria Jan. 21 (Xinhua) -- Officials of northern Nigeria 's Kano State government said on Saturday that about 150 persons lost their lives in Friday's terrorist attacks which rocked the state capital of Kano.

State Commissioner of Information Faruk Umar told Xinhua that the death toll was arrived at after early morning mopping up operations by rescue and aid agencies.

However, a source with the Red Cross told Xinhua on Saturday that the death toll from Friday's coordinated attacks in Kano has risen to 120.

According to the Red Cross official, the figure was recorded from the affected areas, noting that 52 persons were injured. State secretary for the organization Musa Abdulahi said they picked corpses around the affected areas.

The northwest coordinator for the National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA) responsible for disaster and emergency management in Nigeria Musa said that it is working with some government agencies to confirm the actual casualty figure.

The attacks are believed to be the work of members of the dreaded Boko Haram sect.

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