At Least 99 Dead in Attacks on Nigerian Churches

Violent persecution of Christians continues in Nigeria. 

At least 99 people were murdered in attacks on worshippers at a Christian church. The attackers also razed homes in the same town.

From ABC News:

Suspected Islamic extremists used explosives and heavy guns to attack a village and worshippers during a Christian church service in Nigeria’s northeast, killing at least 99 people and razing hundreds of homes, officials and witnesses said Monday.

The attacks in Borno and Adamawa states resulted in one of the highest death tolls in recent attacks by militants who are defying an 8-month old military state of emergency in three states in northern Nigeria designed to halt an Islamic uprising there.

Attackers set off several explosions in Kawuri village in Borno state after launching their assault near the weekly market as vendors were packing up on Sunday night, the security official said.

He said 52 people died and the entire village was burned down, including 300 homes. He also said two improvised explosive devices thet were left behind went off Monday morning, narrowly missing security personnel who were collecting bodies in Kawuri. The official blamed suspected Boko Haram militants for the attack.

A police official who evacuated wounded victims confirmed at least 52 people were killed and 16 wounded. Both officials spoke on condition of anonymity because they are not permitted to speak to reporters.

Ari Kolomi, who fled from his village, which is 70 kilometers (45 miles) outside Maiduguri, the Borno state capital, said, “No house was left standing” by the more than 50 extremists who attacked, armed with explosives and guns. Kolomi was searching for relatives in the village to make sure they had survived the attack.

State Police Commissioner Lawan Tanko confirmed the attack but said he was awaiting details on the casualties.

Also on Sunday, suspected militants in Adamawa state, south of Borno, stormed a Roman Catholic church during a Sunday morning service in Wada Chakawa village. They fired guns into the church, set off explosives and took people hostage during a five-hour siege, residents said. The Rev. Raymond Danbouye, a spokesman for the Catholic Diocese of Yola, said dozens of people were killed.

  • http://ashesfromburntroses.blogspot.com/ Manny

    Sickening…infuriating.

  • irena mangone

    Can someone tell me how to stop the Muslim persecution of Christians

  • pagansister

    How does anyone actually put a stop to this horror? It seems to be never ending and attempts to control these actions useless. Tribes against tribes, religion against religion. Were that it was possible for some humans to stop thinking that they have THE only way to worship and believe and let others peacefully follow their beliefs. Everyone has the right to follow their own way.

    • FW Ken

      Before the modern era, communities were defined partly by a common religion. Christianity generally moved beyond that, though many Christians, of course, have not. Corporate Islam has not, in general, severed the connection between mosque and state. Whether it can is an interesting discussion involving theology, history, and sociology.

      I would note that there are some beautiful stories out there about the protection Muslims and Christians offer each other against violent Islamists, who often consider some Muslims as much infidels as Christians.

      • pagansister

        Am glad you have read some beautiful stories of Muslims and Christians protecting each other against the violent Islamists. Wish those made the headlines as quickly as the violent stories do.

        • FW Ken

          I got wondering where I do read these things, and it’s usually from a Catholic news aggregator. But the actually sources.are varied. I googled “Christians and Muslims protecting each other” and came up with lots of hits from.lots off places.

          This is my favorite.

          http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/10/08/muslims-form-human-chain-pakistan_n_4057381.html

          • pagansister

            Thanks, FW Ken. I clicked on the above site and it was a pleasure to read.


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