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    » 06/30/2014, 00.00

    NIGERIA - ISLAM

    Dozens killed and churches burned in latest Boko Haram attack



    Police had promised residents protection following threats from the jihadists, but a local leader denounces that the army did not respond to requests for assistance launched by the villages under attack.

    Lagos (AsiaNews / Agencies) - The dead from yesterday's attack waged by Boko Haram on  villages near Chibok, in northeastern Nigeria are feared to be over 100.  It is the same area from where the group kidnapped more than 200 girls in April. Initial reports from the attack yesterday also speak of five churches and several houses burned.

    The Islamists' main target was the village of Kwada, where they used gunfire and bombs on worshipers leaving the churches. A similar fate awaited the villagers of Kautikari, located eight kilometers from Chibok.

    The Nigerian newspaper DailyPost recalls that a few weeks ago threats attributed to Boko Haram were sent to the local government Chibok, following which the police had assured maximum protection to the inhabitants of the area. But Mark Enoch, a member of the movement that arose after the abduction of girls, has openly denounced that the army did not respond to requests for assistance launched by the villages under attack.

    A state of emergency is in force in northern Nigeria, because of the attacks by the group that wants to create an Islamic state.

     

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    06/05/2014 NIGERIA - ISLAM
    Boko Haram abducts high school girls, sells them as slaves and wives "by Allah"
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    12/01/2015 NIGERIA - ISLAM
    Archbishop of Jos calls on world not to forget those who suffer, urges action to stop Boko Haram
    Mgr Ignatius Kaigama talks about the suffering of a country hit by Islamist violence. For the prelate, what is going on "is not a clash between Christians and Muslims", but the result of an increasingly powerful group that is willing to attack anyone who stands in its way. He wants greater international commitment and "determination to halt terrorism."

    03/07/2015 NIGERIA-ISLAM
    Boko Haram militants slaughter 150 people, including Muslims
    The jihadists carry out raids during the Muslim evening prayer, killing men and women. The area had recently been taken from the Boko Haram fundamentalists.

    07/05/2014 NIGERIA - ISLAM
    Boko Haram abducts eight more girls as Al-Azhar slams its actions
    The new attack was carried out last night in the village of Warabe. Gunmen opened fire and drove away with the girls. Sunni Islam's highest authority calls for their "immediate release", denouncing Boko Haram's kidnapping of female students as contrary to "the noble teachings of Islam". Card Onaiyekan speaks out on the matter.

    11/06/2012 NIGERIA
    Nigeria, Boko Haram claims attacks on two churches: eight dead and over 50 injured
    The attacks occurred Jos (central Nigeria) and Bui (nor-east of the country). Alarm: Islamization of African countries after the fall of the Libyan leader Gaddafi.



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