More than 200 people killed in Nigeria’s latest mass shooting
Official numbers are in for the worst mass shooting in the country’s modern history, with more than 200 dead and more than 2,000 injured.
The shooting in Nigeria is the latest in a string of violent incidents in which the country has been hit by a series of deadly events.
According to Nigeria’s national security agency, about 200 people were killed in the attack on a hotel in the capital, Abuja.
The Associated Press reported the death toll at around 200.
The violence has left a trail of devastation across Nigeria, killing at least 4,000 people, according to the UN.
As the country tries to recover from a series to a string on mass shootings in the recent past, there are concerns about the long-term impact of the killings.
“There are a number of reasons why there is a high degree of fear,” said Paul Johnson, a fellow at the American Enterprise Institute.
“It is a very different country today.
There is a more repressive police and military regime than there was when we have seen this sort of thing in the past.”
According to AP, the gunmen opened fire at the hotel and killed two hostages.
The hotel’s manager, Zawara Kariu, was also killed, and another woman, who was a receptionist at the time of the attack, was wounded in the head and is currently in hospital.
“We will take the whole nation with us,” President Goodluck Jonathan said, according the Associated Press.
“In this moment of sorrow, the Nigerian people must know that they have every right to expect the best from each other.”
He also said the killers will be held accountable for their actions.
Nigeria is currently under a state of emergency after the shooting spree, which has killed at least 5,000 civilians since 2015.
The country is currently facing a massive economic crisis that has prompted a nationwide lockdown.
According the AP, Jonathan has called on his government to increase security in the wake of the shooting.
The AP reported the president said that “the country has reached a critical stage of transition.”
The president also warned that the country is “at war with itself” after the shootings, and urged the country to unite against the spread of extremism.