Sunday, October 6, 2013

Boko Haram killing spree claims 110 Nigerians

Bishop says Islamist insurgency ‘has no limits’ to its targets

Rev. Faye Pama Musa, CAN Secretary for Borno,
was killed in his home by suspected Boko Haram members.
World Watch Monitor
The militant Islamist sect Boko Haram is suspected of killing at least 110 people of various faiths across Nigeria during the past week, prompting the country’s top Catholic bishop to declare the rebel movement “has no limits.”

On Thursday, Sept. 26, gunmen killed Rev. Augustine Yohana, a Catholic priest, and two of his sons in Nigeria’s northeastern state of Yobe, then set their home and Church building ablaze. In the neighbouring northeastern state of Borno, suspected Boko Haram attackers raided the town of Gamboru twice. The first attack, on the night of Wednesday, Sept. 25, killed six. The second, late Thursday, killed a further 21.

On Saturday, in the central state of Kaduna, gunmen moved into the town of Zangang in the early-morning hours, burned homes and killed 15 people. On Sunday, about 30 gunmen stormed the student quarters of the Agricultural College campus in Gujba, Yobe state, killing at least 65.

Msgr. Ignatius Ayau Kaigama, archbishop of Jos and president of the Bishops Conference of Nigeria, on Mondayissued a statement that noted most of the victims of the attack at the college were Muslim.

“In the beginning the aim of Boko Haram was to attack Christians in order to destabilize the community. But now the ferocity of the members of this movement has no limits to the point of slaughtering even those who should be their fellow Muslims,” he said.

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