April 6, 2012
Nigerian authorities have boosted security for Easter weekend, fearing Muslim extremists will carry out attacks against Christians on the holiday, the Daily Star reports. On Tuesday night, Nigerian soldiers killed three suspected members of the terrorist group Boko Haram in Kano, thwarting a plan by the suspects to attack the city, which was hit by coordinated bombings and shootings in January that left nearly 200 dead, said army lieutenant Iweha Ikedichi. "We have information that these terrorists are planning a major attack in Kano as they did in January," Ikedichi said. "They are planning attacks against this holy weekend, during Easter celebration, which is why we intensify our operations." Patrols, searches and checkpoints have been strengthened in Kano, the largest city in Nigeria's majority-Muslim north, and other security arrangements are being put in place nationwide.