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Bombing rocks NE Nigeria bank as governor calls for more troops

A bomb concealed in a black plastic bag kills several people at a cash point in north Nigeria's Bauchi state. AFP Photo / Wakil KohsarA bomb concealed in a black plastic bag killed several people in Nigeria’s restive northeast on Friday, as a regional governor warned that more troops were needed to stem a sweeping advance by Boko Haram. Nigeria is gearing up for general elections in February and President Goodluck Jonathan is anxious to claim successes in the brutal, five-year extremist uprising. Aside from relentless Boko Haram attacks, rights groups have called for a probe into reports that vigilantes helping the military committed gruesome abuses by beheading 41 Islamist fighters and parading their severed heads on spikes.

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