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Worthy Christian News » Nigeria Militants Kill 10 Christians, Burn Churches

ABUJA, NIGERIA (Worthy News)– Suspected Islamic militants have killed at least ten Christians, including a pastor, and torched several churches in the latest anti-Christian violence to hit Nigeria, a well-informed human rights group confirmed.

International Christian Concern (ICC) said the Christians, who were killed in the country's northeastern state of Borno, had their throats slit by the attackers. "They came armed with guns but decided to butcher their victims," a witness reportedly said about the overnight attack.

There was no immediate claim of responsibility, but local residents and police have blamed militant group Boko Haram, or 'Western Education is a Sin', which wants to establish a strict Islamic state.

Boko Haram had previously ordered Christians to leave northern regions of Nigeria and attacked several churches.

The violence reportedly began Saturday night, December 1, men armed with guns and machetes entered the village of Chibok chanting "Allahu Akbar" of 'Allah is Greatest'.

'SLAUGHTERED AS SHEEP'

Local officials said the men selected homes in the predominantly Christian part of the town and "slaughtered 10 people like sheep." "They came armed with guns but decided to butcher their victims," ICC quoted a witness as saying.

The identities of those murdered were not immediately announced Monday, December 3.

"The men came in large numbers and went into homes which… were carefully selected, and slaughtered ten people while shouting 'Allahu Akbar'," another unidentified local resident told the Botswana Gazette newspaper.

"Who else apart from Boko Haram members would go into homes and slit the throats of 10 people?" another local official wondered.

ICC said Boko Haram is also suspected to be behind a series of attacks against churhes on Sunday, December 2, on Nigeria's northeastern border with Cameroon.

CHURCHES BURNED DOWN

"Residents of [the town of] Gamboru Ngala said around 50 gunmen carried out attacks on churches and other government posts in the border village.

Gunmen chanting "Allahu Akbar" invaded the town "and burned down at least three churches and two government buildings, including a police station and an immigration and customs office," ICC told Worthy News in a statement.

Most of the violence linked to Boko Haram has taken place along Nigeria's "Middle Belt" region where the mainly Christian South borders the Muslim majority North. The group is believed to be responsible for killing about 3,000 people since it began its armed insurgency in 2009.

ICC's Regional Manager for Africa, William Stark, told Worthy News that "Almost every Sunday, Christians are attacked as Boko Haram attempts to establish a purely Islamic state in Nigeria's North."

He recalled how last Sunday, November 25, a twin suicide bombing at a church in Nigeria's northern state of Kaduna killed 11 people who were gathered for worship.

US PRESSURE URGED

Stark said the U.S. and other nations should "no longer ignore" the violence dominating Nigeria's North.

"The United States is still deciding whether to designate Boko Haram a Foreign Terrorist Organization, which if given, would allow the US to seize Boko Haram's assets under US jurisdiction. This would help stem the flow of arms and funds the group receives from sources outside Nigeria's borders," he said.

"Until then, Christians will continue to be murdered in Nigeria's North."

Christians have expressed concern that the consistency of the attacks shows Nigeria's government is still struggling to deal with the violence, despite its promises to increase security in the region.

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  • disqus_hqgJRZ5i9I
    4 December 2012 at 9:11 am - Reply

    Who is a Christian? A person whose integrity decays when
    unmoved by the knowledge of wrong done to other people. Who is a Christian? A
    person in travail with God’s dreams and designs; a person to whom God is a
    challenge, not an abstraction. He is called upon to know God’s stake in
    history; to be involved in the sanctification of time and to be active in the
    redeeming of the lost in this world.

  • Justus Mei
    25 December 2012 at 6:00 am - Reply

    Read II Kings 23

    This speaks of King Josiah obeying G-D and destroying the false places of teaching. their idols and pillars. He slew the false priests upon their alters and burned men's bones.

    Deuteronomy 7:5 But thus shall ye deal with them: ye shall break down their altars, and dash in pieces their pillars, and hew down their Asherim, and burn their graven images with fire.

  • Justus Mei
    25 December 2012 at 6:31 am - Reply

    Think of how G-D feels. His people turn away from Him and worship foreign gods. There are these "whorehouse churches" set up on every corner trying to entice people to worship other gods. This is a smoke in His nostrils.

    The people want to come together as one and worship various gods and call it "diversity". They want to intermingle in each others church/temple to have "interfaith dialogue". They push their liberal agendas and tout "co-exist" and have syncronized prayer for everyone to worship their own gods at the same time, such as the group called "UNIFY". Here is what G-D says about this:

    Deuteronomy 12:29-30 When the LORD thy God shall cut off the nations from before thee, whither thou goest in to dispossess them, and thou dispossessest them, and dwellest in their land; take heed to thyself that thou be not ensnared to follow them, after that they are destroyed from before thee; and that thou inquire not after their gods, saying: 'How used these nations to serve their gods? even so will I do likewise.'

    We are not to have peace and oneness with the world. We are to obey the One True God ONLY, God of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob. There is no middle-man that we are to drink his body fluids and obey him as the christians want you to believe. What does G-D say about this:

    Deuteronomy 12:23-25 Only be stedfast in not eating the blood; for the blood is the life; and thou shalt not eat the life with the flesh. Thou shalt not eat it; thou shalt pour it out upon the earth as water. Thou shalt not eat it; that it may go well with thee, and with thy children after thee, when thou shalt do that which is right in the eyes of the LORD.

    Leviticus 7:26-27 And ye shall eat no manner of blood, whether it be of fowl or of beast, in any of your dwellings. Whosoever it be that eateth any blood, that soul shall be cut off from his people.

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