Nigeria: 20 Christians killed. Boko’s “religious war”

January 15, 2014 by  
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Relentless violence has forced many Nigerian Christians to flee their homes

Relentless violence has forced many Nigerian Christians to flee their homes

Nigeria, January 07, 2014: Last month, 24 Christians were killed in attacks in Northern and Middle Belt Nigeria; the leader of militant Islamist group Boko Haram has stated, “We are fighting a religious war… we are fighting Christians.”

On 28 December, eight Christians were shot dead by suspected Boko Haram fighters who opened fire on guests at a wedding celebration in Tashan-Alede village in Borno state.

The following day, the neighbouring village of Kwajffa came under attack; four Christians were killed there.

The incidents took place shortly after Boko Haram’s leader, Abubakar Shekau, had, in a video released to the media, restated the group’s agenda and threatened more violence:

They try to brainwash the people that we are fighting an ethnic war. No, we are fighting a religious war, we are fighting [President] Jonathan, we are fighting Christians.

As for killing, we will kill because Allah says we should decapitate, we should amputate limbs, we should mutilate.

 

Relentless violence has forced many Nigerian Christians to flee their homes

Relentless violence has forced many Nigerian Christians to flee their homes

Boko Haram has been fighting since 2009 to establish an Islamic state in Northern Nigeria, which has a Muslim majority. The group is believed to be responsible for around 3,500 deaths.

They appear also to be inciting ethnic Fulani Muslims to attack Christians.

On 17 December, eight Fulani herdsmen in military camouflage gear and bullet-proof vests killed six members of an extended family, five of them children, in their home in Foron, Barkin Ladi, Plateau state.

Deborah Stephen (28), who lost her four-year-old son, Promise, in the attack, told Morning Star News that the assailants broke into the property at around 9pm. Also killed were Miracle Ishaya (2), Izine Emeka (6), Jerry Dalyop (8), Bidami Ishaya (10) and John David (30). Deborah’s mother, Titi Gyang (65), and another relative, Dalyop Gyang (40), were wounded.

Christians were killed in two other places in Barkin Ladi in December. The town of Gwol was attacked by Fulani herdsmen on 14 December. They shot dead two Christians and left a third wounded. On 11 December, four Christians were murdered in Tixkan village.

– barnabas team

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