Nigeria: Islamists In Northern City Of Maiduguri Slit Throats Of Nine Workers From Christian South
Spokesman Lt. Col. Sagir Musa said Monday that the assailants cut their victims’ throats in a late Sunday night attack in the city of Maiduguri. He said one man was found Monday still breathing even as he bled from the neck.
The army has blamed the attack on ‘terrorists,’ which is how they often refer to a radical Islamist sect known as Boko Haram.
Matthew Okoye, a neighbor, said he saw 14 bodies. He said some of the victims were from Nigeria’s predominantly Christian south.
Officials have underreported casualties before for fear of reprisals, especially when attacks involve people of differing religions.
Authorities have blamed Boko Haram for more than 620 deaths this year alone.” Source – The Washington Post.
Flashback: Boko Haram: Our Goal is to Eliminate Followers of Christ – “Terrorist organisation Boko Haram has issued a statement making clear that its goal is to eliminate followers of Christ from Nigeria and establish an Islamic state. ‘The Nigerian state and Christians are our enemies and we will be launching attacks on the Nigerian state and its security apparatus as well as churches until we achieve our goal of establishing an Islamic state in place of the secular state … We are responsible for the suicide attack on a church in Jos and also another attack on another church in Biu,’ a spokesman for the group, Abul Qaqa, is said to have told reporters in the northeastern city of Maiduguri over the phone.” Read more.