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Nigerian Islamists kill 18, burn houses in northeast
reuters ^ | Mon Jan 20, 2014 | Ibrahim Mshelizza

Posted on 01/21/2014 7:57:00 AM PST by Mount Athos

Islamist militants stormed a village in remote northeast Nigeria on Monday, torching houses and spraying them with bullets in an attack that killed 18 people, witnesses said.

President Goodluck Jonathan announced the reshuffle of his entire military leadership last week in a bid to reinvigorate the fight against the insurgents.

"Most of those who survived the attack have fled the village as they do not know if they will be attacked again," said Bulama Ibrahim, the chief of Alau Ngawo village, which was attacked sometime after 10 p.m. on Sunday. He said he had counted 18 bodies after the shooting and many houses burned.

A former local councilor, Mustapha Galtimare, who was on the scene after the attack, concurred with the numbers of dead.

The village lies in remote northeastern Borno state, the epicenter of the insurgency and relic of Nigeria's oldest medieval Islamic caliphate, which once prospered from trans-Saharan trade routes passing though the largely Muslim north.

Boko Haram is fighting to re-establish an Islamic kingdom in northern Nigeria, breaking away from the largely Christian south. Its fighters have killed thousands of people since they launched an uprising in mid-2009.

"They had been in the village for nearly two hours without any security personnel coming to the aid of the villagers," Ibrahim said.

On December 2 Boko Haram gunmen stormed the air force base and military barracks around the airport of the northeastern city of Maiduguri. The group was also blamed for a car bomb in the city this week that killed 29 people.

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1 posted on 01/21/2014 7:57:00 AM PST by Mount Athos
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To: Mount Athos

Give the people guns and train them.

Then see what’s up.


2 posted on 01/21/2014 8:00:16 AM PST by struggle
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To: struggle

Bingo. That’s what the South Sudanese did.


3 posted on 01/21/2014 8:08:09 AM PST by ZULU (Magua is sitting in the Oval Office. Ted Cruz/Phil Robertson in 2016.)
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To: Mount Athos

Can we assume the 18 were Christians?


4 posted on 01/21/2014 8:12:39 AM PST by edcoil ( "All men's miseries derive from not being able to sit in a quiet room alone." - Blaise Pascal)
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To: Mount Athos

That’s like saying “Dogs barked today.”

That’s what they do! Dogs bark and subhuman savages murder, rape, main and burn.


5 posted on 01/21/2014 8:30:12 AM PST by I want the USA back (Media: completely irresponsible traitors. Complicit in the destruction of our country.)
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To: Mount Athos
But Obama doesn't want you to get oil from the evil oilsands in Canada, but from places like Nigeria.
6 posted on 01/21/2014 8:42:19 AM PST by Sam Gamgee (May God have mercy upon my enemies, because I won't. - Patton)
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To: Mount Athos

While I normally jump on the side against the Muslims, the fighting between Muslim and Christian in Nigeria has been going on for a long time.

It’s well beyond anything that can be said who started it or who is in the right or wrong. Both sides have been doing seriously wrong things to each other. So much so, I question the “Christianity” of many of the Nigerian Christians involved in this mess. Nigerian culture is playing a bigger part than this simply being a clash between religions.

Regardless, I’d still rather see the Christians win this thing out for the simple reason of what happens to a nation when it becomes a “Muslim” nation as opposed to when it becomes a “Christian” nation. Both will have their share of corruption and other problems, but at least Christian nations don’t have the habit of training up and sending out terrorists.


7 posted on 01/21/2014 9:02:51 AM PST by Marko413
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To: Mount Athos

Fun-loving moozlums (from the “religion of peace”) seem to be getting all wee-wee-ed - up. Does the sun rise in the east?


8 posted on 01/21/2014 2:13:41 PM PST by hal ogen (First Amendment or Reeducation Camp?)
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