Skip to comments.Nigerian official: Hundreds killed in attack
Posted on 05/07/2014 1:31:21 PM PDT by Mariner
LAGOS, Nigeria (AP) Islamic militants killed hundreds of people in an attack on a border town in Nigeria's remote northeast, a state government official said Thursday.
Shops and homes were set ablaze and razed in the attack Monday night on Gamboru Ngala, on Nigeria's border with Cameroon, Borno state information commissioner Mohammed Bulama told The Associated Press by telephone.
He said the fatality "figures are high hundreds but we are still awaiting details from the military authorities."
As many as 300 people were killed in the attack, according to local newspapers. The militants sprayed gunfire into the crowds of people at a busy market that is open at night when temperatures cool in the semi-desert region, reported ThisDay newspaper.
Nigerian federal Senator Ahmed Zannah said the attack lasted about 12 hours, according to the newspaper. The insurgents set homes on fire and gunned down residents who tried to escape from the flames, reported the paper.
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Already we have offered 200 men for sacrifice.
The US has no forces positioned to bail them out if things go awry. We are dependent on the government of Nigeria.
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Why should we help, obama’s muslim brothers are slaughtering people just fine without us.
A fine example of what happens when only one side of a discussion has automatic weapons.
Religion of Peace ping!
If we intervene it will be with half-assed measures where the goal should be the complete destruction of the Muslim warlords in Nigeria. We should get the assistance of neighboring countries to ensure they don’t try to duck away across borders.
Muslims kill hundreds, sell black girls into slavery. Nothing to see here, Islam is a beautiful religion of peace.
That’s the same as being dependant on the Obama goverment.
Care to expand on that strange comment?
Does the USA have a vital interest there?
We’re going to find out, sooner or later,
If Abdul will pray, to a smoking crater.
What’s strange? The only help obama sends is to his manic muslim brothers to kill those who think like them, he doesn’t give a rats ass about innocents or Christians killed. Also for the sarcastically challenged the implication was that any help sent by zeros misadministration would be to the muslim militants. Is that expanded enough for you?
Zero will never authorize US troops to attack a Muslim army, never mind how nasty. I can see an escalated drone hunt though.
Where is the Nigerian military in all of this?
That has nothing to do with anything.
Obama can put troops on the ground in this and there is no down side for him and not much resistance for our military either.
This is one he will get good PR from with no risk to himself or his rule.
We all know he is impotent in all meaningful international problems and he desperately needs a win at something. No one can really say anything bad about him trying to use our armed forces to rescue a couple hundred black girls in Africa.
You can bet on this happening and soon too with lots of news coverage. Then...... wait for it....... He will stand in front of a TV camera and tell the world how "he did it."
Good question, especially since Nigeria has the largest economy in Africa.
Remember Biafra? It was the first many of us saw on TV of African horrors...late 1960s.
2-3 million dead, most from systematic starvation and disease.
We'd do well to stay the hell out of there, no matter what.
It’s time to send a message to the moon-god worshippers.
No boots on the ground necessary.
A good start would be to vaporize the kaballah rock.
Never happen, but I’m just so sick of these bloody savages.
We should send a few hundred Christian mercenaries....err missionaries over there.
....You mean a religion of pieces rather.
No word here on if these killed are Christians.
They probably are, so this will get Obama-canned by the MSM and the White Hut itself.
What the Hell, we just sent advanced weapons to the Muzzie rebels in Syria who are slaughtering Christians so you want arms for the Muzzies in Nigeria, too? That should keep anyone from calling us "do-gooders".
You’re saying I’m advocating we arm the Islamists in Nigeria? Is that what I read?
Not really. But, I guess if everyone is guilty, anything goes, in your world.
From Rush today: John Kerry Laments That Islamist Terrorists Who Kidnapped Nigerian Schoolgirls “Don’t Offer a Health Care Plan”
Militants? What sort of militants?
Gosh and golly, did I say everyone was guilty, I must have missed that part. But if I ever want lessons on how to be judgemental I’ll look you up okay?
So, you tell me, you wanna arm the Muzzies to prove we're not "do-gooders" the same way democrat fascists arm them to prove we're don't have a "Christian bias"?
If you can help stop Christians being butchered for their Faith and you don't, how are you not an accomplice unless helping to stop it is the lesser of a set of evils? A dozen guys who know what they're doing could probably track and ambush the little groups of scum doing this in several areas. Who's training the Nigerians to develop a few dozen skilled teams of a dozen guys each? Our doing it would be massive involvement, a greater evil than doing nothing?
So, being an accomplice for no good reason is a problem for you or it's not.
Write it off as ". . . for good men to do nothing" and sit on our hands, right?
The Islamists that are in collusion with the Government of Nigeria, of course.
So, are you an accomplice for not flying over there and helping out?
Or, are you an accomplice for not driving into Mexico to stop the slaughter of Christians that's happening there every day?
Either that's a problem for you or it's not.
The Nigerian military is a train wreck of thoroughly disinterested conscripts led by twelve star generals given their position for no other reason than they’re relatives of whatever junta is currently in power.
They’ve been involved in no less than ten military coups between 1966 and 1999, but you’ll never find them even remotely close to geographic locations where they might encounter Boko Haram.
Nigeria is sub-Saharan Africa’s most populous nation and second largest economy. They’re an OPEC member, sitting on lots of offshore oil, and could easily fall into the hands of Islamists who attack with impunity killing hundreds of people at a time.
It’s our next little war, I’m fairly certain. Expect a big media drive soon to get Americans interested in sending US troops there. Gosh, isn’t it just AWFUL?
Obama has consistently been on the wrong side. I get that. Let me come at it from this.
If our military could come up with a mission to rescue those being held, would that be a good thing or a bad thing? I’m not saying our troops execute the mission - let Nigeria hire it out if they don’t have the competence.
But we figure out the mission, then turn it over. Would that be a good thing or a bad thing?
If you want it on an individual basis, fine, I'd do a Hell of a lot of things if I were able to walk well and carry my own weight but unfortunately, I haven't been able to do that ever since I was wounded in VN.
So, play your games all you like, the subject was US intervention not individual intervention and you wussed out as soon as you were confronted.
all cultures are equal don’t you know
I can see why you figure that and you may be right but unless something changes dramatically the US isn't going to get involved in fighting any Muzzies that have solid backing from the Saudis and Boko apparently gets plenty of Saudi money.
I know a guy who worked in Nigeria for several years and he says there are groups within the military who would fight Boko and want to do so. The problem is as you state it, though, troops are kept around places where their general is afraid of a revolt or to be ready for a coup in the cities, not out where they're needed.
I don't know if there's anyone you could work with but you could surely build teams of people who would stand watch and be prepared to defend themselves out in the countryside. If that's not possible, hunting down rabid Muzzies is worthwhile even it if has to be done without the locals knowing what's going on. At least that's my opinion, one bound to be unpopular.
The fact that millions of muzlims across the globe ‘misunderstand’ the teachings of their peaceful faith is surely upsetting to the people in DC that are apparently the only people on earth that know what it REALLY is about.
Study in detail. This is your grandchildren America. Learn how to defend against suburb invasions of this type.
Fiction becoming more real by the day.
If this former lefitst can wake up, anyone can.
I contend the US has no vital interest in Nigeria.
What is your position? So far I haven't seen you state one.
Is it your position that the US Military should intervene in Nigeria and root out the Islamists?
We can contract to protect portions of Iraq, we could easily contract with people to take out Boko. Probably with people on the African continent with no US citizens involved. Wherever Muzzies think they can wipe out Christians with impunity it's in our interest to have them learn otherwise and it's easy enough to do without involving US troops.
Come on don’t be silly, no one in their right mind wants to see innocents killed and tortured the way these people are, so of course if they can be saved they should. But let me ask you this, why does it always have to be American lives put in jeopardy and lost? I seem to recall there are a lot of other countries with military, let them take a bigger role for a change. I don’t see where we need to be involved other than intel.
Yeah, I would not be opposed to issuing such contracts and I also think they could be quite effective especially if backed up by US Tech and Intelligence.
You know, my sister is so mad at me she could spit over my position on this matter. She is absolutely convinced that any human entity on the earth who is capable of finding and rescuing those girls in Nigeria...should immediately go out and get it done.
If I were still physically able I would consider such a contract as long as I didn't have to answer to some court when I got back.
But I am very reluctant to compel another man's son to do it on my behalf.
For example, there are Christian militias in Syria that Assad arms, equips, and some say even trains. They have their own leaders and pick their own ops in coordination with the regular Syrian military but their primary function is to protect Christian towns from bands of Muzzies. In Syria, though, we provide equipment to Muzzie rebels, some of whom are such butchers even their fellow Mooze Lames fight them.
There could be Christian militias capable of taking on Boko and in other places as well if we weren't kissing Muzzie butt all the time. Militias made up entirely of the people threatened or at least made up of people from the same region. It's a matter of changing policy from kissing up to Mizzies to helping Christians defend themselves, that's all.
There was a time the Roman Church used to help with such matters, providing both moral cover and real assets.
Hell, the Eastern Christian Churches too.
I think you're on to something.
In spite of you calling me a Muslim loving commie who drinks the blood of Christian babies whenever afforded the opportunity to do so.
The Catholic Church used to do a lot of things right, then came the sixties and a whole horde of Americans who were never taught, "if it ain't broke, don't fix it". Of course, that's a matter of opinion I guess and what do I know, I've only been Catholic a couple of years so I judge by what I've read.
But they are black. We have to help them.
That and they gots lots of oil.
They can't keep it moving! And, it's not safe to be there for sane workers.
Hell, even in the crazy Muslim countries they have enough sense to keep the energy workers safe.
But not Nigeria.