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Jihadis Claim 780 Lives in Nigeria, 2012

780 people died this year in attacks by Boko Haram, the jihadist group in Nigeria that claims as justification for its killing the Islamic teaching about jihad, or holy war, according to this article:

Nigerian Catholic church in capital city of Abuja, where the priest and 4 parishioners were shot and killed during Christmas Eve mass. Then the church was set on fire.  On Christmas Eve, 2012, a similar attack happened on an Evangelical church during its Christmas Eve services.  Several parishioners and the pastor were shot and killed, and the church was set on fire.

Nigerian Catholic church in capital city of Abuja, where the priest and 4 parishioners were shot and killed during Christmas Eve mass. Then the church was set on fire. On Christmas Eve, 2012, a similar attack happened on an Evangelical church during its Christmas Eve services. Several parishioners and the pastor were shot and killed, and the church was set on fire.


Please keep the Lutheran Church in Nigeria in your prayers, along with all Christians in Nigeria and the whole nation, particularly those bereaved.  Also pray for Muslims, particularly those who are convinced that it is a holy duty to kill their enemies.

The 12 Nigerian states with Sharia law

The 12 Nigerian states with Sharia law (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

When I was at school, there was a pastor from Nigeria named Michael A.  who was getting a Ph. D. in missiology.  Oftentimes when I hear numbers representing people killed in other parts of the world, it’s easy for it not to register.  But when you know someone there, it makes you slow down and think about it.  780 dead in one year.  God help Nigeria and the churches there, and have mercy also on the killers and turn their hearts.

Here are some links to and excerpts from recent news from Nigeria:

Boko Haram killings increase in West Africa

More than 770 people have been killed in a spate of Boko Haram attacks in Western Africa and seem to be growing more violent.
The radical fighters gather around piles of weapons and ammunition and shout praises to God as they shoot into the expanse of the African desert. These extremists depicted in this video are from Boko Haram, a radical sect in Nigeria, that turned to wide-scale violence in 2009 over local grievances and largely focused their assaults in Maiduguri – the city where the sect started.

As Boko Haram seems to be growing more violent with a record number of people killed this year, and slowly internationalising its stance, the group has become a possible danger for the rest of West Africa.

Previous attacks In 2009, rioting by Boko Haram set off a military crackdown that left 700 people dead in Maiduguri. Army tanks destroyed the sect’s Maiduguri mosque and Yusuf was killed in police custody.

Over time Boko Haram has grown far more sophisticated, bombing the United Nations headquarters in Nigeria’s capital, Abuja, and launching massive, military-style assaults like the one that killed at least 185 people in Kano in January.

Soldiers have been deployed in the streets across north-east Nigeria but Boko Haram has repeatedly used suicide car bombers to attack churches and security posts.

The sect has said it will stop its attacks only if the government strictly implements Shariah law and frees its imprisoned members.

US army general and commander of the US military’s Africa command, Carter Ham said on Monday that while Boko Haram appears focused on local issues it could become a greater worldwide threat if left unchecked. Ham said the group has already received training, money and weaponry from al-Qaeda in Maghreb as part of “a relationship that goes both ways”.

“It is clear to me that Boko Haram’s leadership aspires to broader activities across the region – certainly to Europe,” Ham said at George Washington University.

“As their name implies, anything that is Western is a legitimate target in their eyes. I think it’s in our national interest to help the Nigerians address this problem internally before it gets worse and the organisation has an ability to further expand their efforts.”

“Did jihad stop? No, a thousand no’s,” Shekau said, according to a translation by the Search for International Terrorist Entities Intelligence Group. “Jihad doesn’t stop until Allah wills it to be stopped, and with the glory of Allah the almighty, oh disbelievers, oh apostates, oh hypocrites, die from your frustration.”

Nigeria gunmen kill six at Christmas mass, burn church

  • From:         AAP
  • December 25, 201210:58PM

“A group of gunmen came into the village at midnight and went straight to the church,” said Usman Mansir, a resident of Peri village near Potiskum, the economic capital of Yobe state.

“They opened fire on them, killing the pastor and five worshippers. They then set fire to the church,” he added, specifying that a branch of the Evangelical Church of West Africa (ECWA) was targeted.

Two dead, 45 injured in church bombing

  • From:         AAP
  • September 24, 20127:21AM

A SUICIDE car bomber attacked a Catholic church conducting Mass in northern Nigeria on Sunday, killing two people and wounding another 45 in a region under assault by a radical Islamist sect, officials said.

Islamist gunmen kill 15 in Nigeria by slitting throats

  • by: By Haruna Umar
  • From:         AAP
  • December 29, 201211:20PM
Nigeria unrest

Fear pervades the northeastern Nigerian city of Maiduguri, pictured, the heart of an Islamist insurgency that has killed hundreds. In the latest attack, at least 15 people were killed by gunmen who tied up men, women and children before slitting  their throats. Source: AFP

SUSPECTED radical Islamist gunmen have attacked a village in northeast Nigeria, tying up men, women and children before slitting their throats and killing at least 15 in the troubled region’s latest attack.

The assault happened early on Friday morning in the village of  Musari on the outskirts of Maiduguri.

The gunmen, suspected of being members of Boko Haram, shouted religious slogans and later ordered people to gather up into a  group, said Mshelia Inusa, a primary school teacher in the village.

Chants of “God is great, God is great” followed, he said….

Boko Haram and Nigeria’s Pervasive Violence

    Authors: John Campbell, Ralph Bunche Senior Fellow for Africa Policy Studies, and Asch Harwood            December 26, 2012

International security experts are watching Nigeria ‘s radical Islamist movement Boko Haram with concern. The militant group has destabilized northern Nigeria and attracted the attention of other jihadist groups, including al-Qaeda affiliates gaining strength in neighboring northern Mali. Boko Haram is highly diffuse. It has an important Islamic revival dimension, but also has political and criminal elements. Little is known about its leader, Abubakar Shekau, including his age, where he was born, or if he can speak English. The movement has issued no formal manifesto. Nevertheless, its various factions do share a common agenda of imposing and rigorously enforcing Islamic law in northern Nigeria; some even want to impose it throughout the country in areas where Christians are the majority. The group is bitterly hostile to the Christian-led secular government in the capital of Abuja, which it accuses of exploiting the poor. Its methods are violent and deadly, ranging from targeted killings to mass deaths resulting from car bombs….

According to the NST, October 2012 was by far Nigeria’s deadliest month in the sixteen-month period since June 2011. During that month, three days of ongoing attacks by Boko Haram in the northern state of Yobe left at least thirty dead, including a former government official. In Borno, the state bordering Chad and Cameroon, the military went on a rampage after a bombing injured two soldiers, killing at least thirty civilians. Meanwhile, in Benue, in the middle of the country, communal conflict resulted in the deaths of at least thirty people and the destruction of homes and farmland. A suicide bombing at a church in Kaduna in the north killed eight people and set off reprisal attacks that killed at least two more. In total, at least six hundred people were killed in October 2012.

Up until now, Boko Haram has been focused on Nigerian rather than Western targets of the international jihad. But that might be changing. In a recently released video, Abubakar Shekau made hostile references to the United States and Britain. The United States is increasingly worried that Boko Haram is collaborating with the al-Qaeda-linked Islamist regime in northern Mali. … In 2011, a large percentage of the victims were Muslims, who were closely associated with the government in Abuja. However, since Christmas 2011, Christians have been a growing percentage of victims. Countrywide, according to the NST, at least thirty-seven attacks have occurred at churches and twenty-one at mosques.

NY Times: At Least 15 Are Reported Killed in Nigeria

Published: December 29, 2012
  • MAIDUGURI, Nigeria (AP) — Gunmen suspected of belonging to a radical Islamist sect attacked a village in northeast Nigeria, tying up men, women and children before slitting their throats and killing at least 15, witnesses said Saturday.

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“We heard some people chanting: ‘God is great! God is great!’ amid sounds of banging on doors of houses at about 1 a.m.,” he said. “A voice was heard ordering people to be slaughtered, and also voices of children were heard screaming.”

The sect, whose name means Western Education Is Sacrilege in the Hausa language of Muslim northern Nigeria, wants the nation to enact strict Shariah law and release the group’s imprisoned members. Despite a heavy military and police presence, the sect’s adherents have continued to initiate frequent attacks.

More than 780 people have been killed in Boko Haram attacks so far this year, according to an Associated Press count, making 2012 the worst year of violence attributed to the group. Boko Haram also has loose connections with Al Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb and the Shabab of Somalia, according to Western military officials and diplomats.








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