Nigeria Terrorism Update: Bloodiest Boko Haram Attacks Yet
January 25, 2012
By Rae Burnett
Africa Director Christian Aid Mission
A Native ministry leader supported by CAM writes:
"On January 20, multiple bombs rocked Kano as Boko Haram sprayed gunfire on 8 government sites including the headquarters of both local and zonal police, the State Security Service, which is the much-feared secret police, and immigration and passport offices. So far more than 200 people have died, many more are injured. Pray with us that this violence and hatred does not reach the areas where our missionaries live. We are concerned about our work among Muslims."
An official laments, "Hospitals are not equipped to deal with the influx and severity of the injuries, so we are expecting that figure to increase."
With a population of 10,000,000, Kano is not only Nigeria's second largest city, it is an important ancient Muslim stronghold, known as the gateway of Islam into sub-Saharan Africa. It is far from Maiduguri which has been a frequent terrorist target and one of the furthest points removed from the "Christian" south. Christians there have been persecuted in recent years, so these newest attacks on predominately Islamic government agencies just as Muslims were exiting mosques after Friday prayers, are especially shocking. Nigerians are reeling and increasingly fearful.
Africa Director Rae Burnett took this photo of the Great Mosque of Kano, built originally in the 15th century and rebuilt by the British in 1950.
A major part of the problem is the large number of sect sympathizers in every branch of government and the security agencies, some of whom even provide funding for the group. The number and intensity of Boko Haram attacks is escalating dramatically. They are succeeding in their efforts to produce nationwide terror among Nigerians from every religious background.
In spite of the fact that authorities have done little but impose limited curfews, Boko Haram blames the Kano attack on government officials they accuse of harassing their murderous members. Many believe that their conduct means they want open civil war between Christians and Muslims, which would make it easier for it to claim territory and impose Sharia, which is its stated aim.
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