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Nigerian President Goodluck Jonathan
has said he hopes that all territory seized
by Islamist militant group Boko Haram will
be retaken within a month.
"They are getting weaker and weaker by
the day," he told the BBC.
But the president---who faces elections
in a week---admitted the response to the
insurgents' initial advance in north-east
Nigeria had been too slow.
The army has claimed recent victories
over Boko Haram in a conflict that has
killed thousands since 2012.
Backed by neighbouring countries Chad,
Niger and Cameroon, Nigeria's military
says it has recaptured 11 of the 14 districts
which had been under militant control.
The government has made similar
claims in the past about defeating or
driving back Boko Haram within a specific
period---but these have not been borne out
Jonathan clearly inherited a military
beset by corruption and one which for
decades has demonstrated an
extraordinary inability to build up a decent
array of weaponry, hence the recent
scramble for military hardware including
helicopters and tanks as well as the
involvement of troops from neighbouring
His assessment of the Boko Haram
crisis is perhaps a little closer to the mark
than the euphoric PR statements that are
sent out on behalf of Nigeria's military
suggesting this is a won war.
Goodluck: One month for Boko Haram
Suicide bombers have attacked two
mosques in Yemen s capital, Sanaa, killing
at least 137 people and wounding more than
300 others, reports say.
Worshippers were attending noon prayers
at the Badr and al-Hashoosh mosques when
at least four suicide attackers struck.
The mosques are used mainly by support-
ers of the Zaidi Shia-led Houthi rebel move-
ment, which controls Sanaa.
Islamic State (IS), which set up a branch
in Yemen in November, said it was behind
A statement from the group was published
on Twitter accounts known as reliable sources
for IS propaganda. If confirmed, the attacks
would be the first carried out by IS in Yemen.
There are also severe tensions between
the Houthi rebels and various powerful,
armed elements in Yemen, including militants
Witnesses said two suicide bombers
attacked the Badr mosque, in the south of
Another survivor from the Badr mosque,
Ahmed al-Gabri, told AP: "I fell on the
ground and when I regained conscious I
found myself sleeping on a lake of blood."
One entered the building and detonated
his explosive device among dozens of wor-
shippers, the witnesses added. Survivors
then sought to escape through the main
gates, where the second bomber was wait-
Al Jazeera reported that the prominent
Houthi cleric al-Murtada bin Zayd al-Mahat-
wari, the imam of the Badr mosque, was
among those killed.
Two more bombers attacked the al-
Hashoosh mosque, in the north of the capital,
with one detonating explosives near the
entrance and the other running into the
One worshipper said he was thrown six
feet by the blast.
"The heads, legs and arms of the dead
people were scattered on the floor of the
mosque," Mohammed al-Ansi told Associated
Press news agency, adding that "blood is
running like a river."
Ansi said that many of those who were
not killed by the explosion were seriously
injured by shattered glass that fell from the
mosque s windows.
The rebel-run al-Masirah TV channel
broadcast footage from inside the al-
Hashoosh mosque showing volunteers using
bloodied blankets to carry away victims.
Bodies were also lined up in the prayer hall.
More than 260 people were said to have
been wounded. Al-Masirah reported that
hospitals in the city had made urgent appeals
for blood donations.
Another suicide bomber targeted a mosque
in the northern city of Saada---a Houthi
stronghold---reports said, but only the attack-
er was killed.
The bombings come a day after deadly
clashes in the southern city of Aden, between
forces loyal to President Abdrabbuh Mansour
Hadi and those supporting his predecessor,
Ali Abdullah Saleh. (AP)
...137 killed in suicide blasts
People carry the injured out of a mosque
which was attacked by a suicide bomber
in Sanaa yesterday. REUTERS PHOTO
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