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Journalist killed while covering terrorist bombings

TV reporter Enenche Akogwu was gunned down in Kano on 20 January, shortly after covering a series of deadly bombings by Boko Haram
TV reporter Enenche Akogwu was gunned down in Kano on 20 January, shortly after covering a series of deadly bombings by Boko Haram

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A TV reporter was gunned down in Kano, shortly after covering a series of deadly bombings on 20 January by the militant Islamic sect Boko Haram, report the Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ) and Reporters Without Borders (RSF).

Enenche Godwin Akogwu, the Kano correspondent for independent broadcaster Channels TV, was killed by an unidentified gunman while trying to interview witnesses of a deadly terrorist attack at a Kano police station, says RSF.

According to CPJ, Akogwu had just returned from a news conference organised by police after multiple suicide bombings targeted government and police buildings.

The bombings were claimed by Boko Haram, which was "almost certainly also responsible for Akogwu's murder," said RSF.

The 20 January attacks left at least 185 police and residents dead and resulted in the highest death toll in a single day since Boko Haram began its violent campaign in July 2009, says Human Rights Watch. Boko Haram, which translates to "Western education is forbidden," has also claimed responsibility for numerous fatal shootings and bombings in Nigeria: more than 935 people have been killed by the group, says Human Rights Watch.

"Boko Haram has shown a new side to its violence with this targeted killing; it has shown itself to be an enemy of the media and journalists as well," said RSF.

Akogwu is the second journalist to be killed by Boko Haram. Zakariya Isa, a reporter and cameraman with Nigeria Television Authority (NTA), was shot outside his home in another northern city last October.

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