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  • Boko Haram Islamikaze Car Bomb Kills 38 Christians Outside Easter Service in Kaduna, Nigeria

    04/08/2012 1:48:33 PM PDT · by LSUfan · 26 replies
    Terror Trends Bulletin ^ | 8 April 12 | Unattributed
    Another Christian Holy Day and another murderous attack by Jihadists in Nigeria. This time 38 Christian worshippers were killed by a vehicle-born explosive device driven into a crowded area near an Easter worship service in the Nigerian city of Kaduna.
  • At Least 10 Killed as Suicide Bomber Attacks Catholic Church During Mass [Nigeria]

    03/12/2012 6:51:22 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 13 replies ^ | 3/11/12 | Ahmed Saka and Jon Gambrell
    <p>JOS, Nigeria (AP) — A suicide car bomber attacked a Catholic church Sunday in the middle of Mass, killing at least 10 people in the latest violence targeting a church in a central Nigerian city plagued by unrest, a state official said.</p>
  • Hostages in Nigeria killed before rescue attempt

    03/08/2012 12:53:04 PM PST · by nuconvert · 9 replies
    A Briton and Italian held hostage for 10 months in northern Nigeria died Thursday, apparently killed by their captors before they could be rescued, the British prime minister said. Nigerian security forces, with support from Britain, launched an operation Thursday to free British citizen Chris McManus and Italian national Franco Lamolinara, Prime Minister David Cameron said. But the effort did not succeed.
  • Nigeria Adds Yuan to External Reserves

    03/04/2012 1:48:26 AM PST · by bruinbirdman · 2 replies
    This DayLive ^ | 3/3/2012 | Yemi Adebowale
    Nigeria's central bank has added the equivalent of $500 million in Chinese yuan to its reserves and plans to buy seven times that amount, in a shift that underscores booming commerce between China and the African continent. Minister of Finance, Mrs Ngozi Okonjo Iweala The bank will gradually increase its yuan holdings to 10% of its $35 billion in reserves, Central Bank of Nigeria Governor Sanusi Lamido Sanusi said in an interview with the Wall Street Journal yesterday. Over the past six months, Nigeria has converted 1.4% of its reserves to Chinese currency, largely by selling euros and buying yuan...
  • Worshippers Kill Suspected Fleeing Church Bomber

    02/26/2012 12:37:13 PM PST · by Nachum · 5 replies · 1+ views
    The Times of Nigeria ^ | 2/26/12 | NAN
    Angry worshippers at the headquarters of Church Of Christ In Nations (COCIN) in Jos on Sunday killed one of the two suspected bearers of the explosives that hit the Church in the morning. The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the bomber and one other, who both wore army camouflage, drove into the Church and beat the security before hitting the building. NAN correspondent, who was at the scene, reports that the suspect appeared to be in his early 30s. The suspect, who wore a neatly carved moustache, looked well-fed. But probably afraid of dying, the bomb carrier jumped...
  • Christian's Killing in Nigeria Inflames Tensions (79 y.o. woman)

    02/23/2012 7:26:09 PM PST · by Cronos · 6 replies
    ABC news ^ | 23 Feb 2012 | Haruna Umar
    Police discovered the body of a 79-year-old Christian woman killed in northeast Nigeria, with a note in Arabic left on her chest reading: "We will get you soon," a witness said Thursday. The slaying raises religious tensions in Nigeria as a radical Islamist sect increasingly targets Christians in its bloody attacks. While police said they knew of no immediate suspects in the killing, witnesses blamed the attack on the sect known as Boko Haram, which has been blamed for killing at least 305 people this year alone, according to an Associated Press count. The dead woman was identified as Shetu...
  • Clinton’s Jihad Ignorance [Bill]

    02/21/2012 5:26:37 AM PST · by SJackson · 6 replies
    FrontPage Magazine ^ | February 21, 2012 | Raymond Ibrahim
    Bill Clinton recently demonstrated the tenacity of those liberal/leftist/materialist paradigms that have all but blinded the West to reality. According to the Associated Press: Former U.S. President [and current spouse of the U.S. Secretary of State] Bill Clinton warned Monday that the rampant poverty that plagues oil-rich Nigeria—felt most acutely in its Muslim north—is fueling the religious violence now tearing at the nation. A radical Islamist sect known as Boko Haram claimed Monday it killed 12 soldiers and beheaded three government informants in its bloody wave of sectarian violence against Nigeria’s weak central government [the report later adds that Boko...
  • Nigeria: Attack Sparks Revival

    02/05/2012 9:27:45 AM PST · by DeoVindiceSicSemperTyrannis · 1 replies
    Increasing violence in Nigeria has only strengthened local Christians’ faith, even sparking a revival at the Deeper Life Bible Church in Gombe, where nine Christians were martyred in a Jan. 5 attack on the church. During a funeral service on Jan. 19 for those killed, many believers rededicated their lives to Christ, and others came to faith in Christ for the first time, according to a VOM worker. Weeping and singing on their knees, a choir led about 500 attendees and 50 pastors in worship. The martyrs’ relatives and other dignitaries — including the deputy governor speaking on behalf of...
  • Ali al'Amin Mazrui = Jihadi racist

    01/26/2012 8:01:55 AM PST · by PRePublic · 1 replies
    Ali al'Amin Mazrui Another Islamic fanatic, Afro-ARAB racist Infamous for wish washing[1] the Goliath Arab-Muslim Slave Trade while 'criticizing' the West. His allegiance are with his Arab ancestors. He writes approvingly on the Arab-Islamic genocide in the Sudan (2.5 million deaths[2]), as well as sympathizing with the Hausa-Fulani Islamic ethnic cleansing and genocide of the Igbo ethnic non-Muslims in Nigeria (100,000 Igbo/Biafraians died[3][4]). Served as chief adviser for the infamous butcher, Islamic leader Idi Amin.(the 'Butcher of Uganda,'[5] responsible for the genocide of between 300,000 [6] and a half a Million Ugandans,[7]. He went on a 'crusade against Whites,'[8] has...
  • Nigerian Churches Mostly Empty after Islamist Insurgents Kill Over 178

    01/24/2012 9:53:01 AM PST · by marshmallow · 1 replies
    Gun and bomb attacks by Islamist insurgents in the northern Nigerian city of Kano last week killed at least 178 people, a hospital doctor said on Sunday, underscoring the challenge President Goodluck Jonathan faces to prevent his country sliding further into chaos. A coordinated series of bomb blasts and shooting sprees mostly targeting police stations Friday sent panicked residents of Nigeria's second biggest city of more than 10 million people running for cover. The scale of the carnage makes this by far the deadliest strike claimed by Boko Haram, a shadowy Islamist sect that started out as a clerical movement...
  • Nigeria: Scores Killed by Bomb Attack and Gunfire

    01/21/2012 3:05:59 PM PST · by Eleutheria5 · 10 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 21/1/12
    Nigeria imposed a 24-hour curfew Saturday in the northern city of Kano after assailants killed scores of people and wounded others in a hail of gunfire and coordinated bombings of eight government sites. The Islamist group Boko Haram claimed responsibility for the blast....
  • Scores Killed in Bombings in Northern Nigerian City (They're being peaceful again alert)

    01/21/2012 8:19:33 AM PST · by Zakeet · 6 replies
    Voice of America ^ | January 21, 2012
    A series of coordinated bombings in the northern Nigerian city of Kano have left scores dead. News reports say at least 120 people were killed Friday in attacks that targeted police stations and government buildings. The radical Islamist group Boko Haram has claimed responsibility for the attacks. A 24-hour curfew is in force in the predominately Muslim city, Nigeria's second largest. Salusi Radiu, a reporter for VOA's Hausa Service, says that over a period of 90 minutes, he counted more than 24 blasts in Kano. Abubakar Jibril, the city's emergency coordinator, described conditions as chaotic following the attacks. A...
  • Gunmen kidnap American in Nigeria's delta region

    01/20/2012 8:24:15 PM PST · by Pan_Yan · 3 replies
    Reuters ^ | Fri Jan 20, 2012 3:17pm EST | Austin Ekeinde
    (Reuters) - Gunmen kidnapped an American working for Marubeni Corp in Nigeria's oil-rich Niger Delta region on Friday, killing his driver and demanding a 50 million naira ($310,300) ransom, a security source said. The U.S. embassy confirmed that one of its citizens had been abducted. "A foreign national was kidnapped this morning in Warri by gunmen who trailed him from Sapele," Charles Muka, spokesman for the Delta Police Command, told Reuters. "They killed his police escort and forcefully took him away from the car. He was going to the bank when the attack occurred," he said.
  • Chevron: Nigeria Rig Continues To Burn; 2 Contractors Missing

    01/17/2012 4:29:02 PM PST · by Pan_Yan · 4 replies
    Wall Street Journal ^ | JANUARY 17, 2012, 5:15 P.M. ET. | Drew FitzGerald
    A rig drilling for Chevron Corp.'s (CVX) Nigerian subsidiary continued to burn Tuesday, while a search for two missing contractors continued. Initial indications suggest a surface equipment failure on the rig might have caused workers to lose control of the well, Chevron said, though its full investigation continues. The K.S. Endeavor rig, which was drilling an exploratory well for natural gas, is run by FODE Drilling Nigeria Ltd. ... Chevron has meanwhile contracted a Transocean Ltd. (RIG, RIGN.VX) rig to start drilling a relief well and has stopped production at its nearby North Apoi platform, which produces about 2,000 barrels...
  • Police: Nigeria bomb suspect arrested, escapes [Christmas Day church bomber]

    01/17/2012 4:02:01 PM PST · by Hunton Peck · 2 replies
    Associated Press ^ | 1/17/2012 | unattributed
    ABUJA, Nigeria (AP) -- Police in Nigeria say they arrested the suspected mastermind of a bomb attack on a Catholic church on Christmas Day, but he later escaped custody in a shootout. In a statement late Tuesday, Nigeria's federal police say the suspect escaped while being transferred to another police station. He'd earlier been identified as Kabiru Sokoto. The radical Islamist sect Boko Haram claimed responsibility for attacks that killed at least 42 people in Christmas Day strikes that included the bombing of a Catholic church in Madalla, a city near Nigeria's capital Abuja.
  • Canadian Prime Minister, Frustrated with Obama’s Dithering, Will Travel to China to Seek Asian Mkts

    01/15/2012 4:46:32 PM PST · by ak267 · 87 replies
    The Ledger via Hotair via C4P ^ | 1-15-2012 | Doug Brady
    In a post last month, I noted that Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper’s patience with Obama’s dithering over the Keystone Pipeline in order to pander to the rainbow and unicorn crowd that forms his political base wouldn’t last forever. Harper, I wrote, fully understands what motivates Obama, and it’s not sound energy policy:
  • Key US oil supplier may cut off spigot Sunday (Nigeria affects US prices and biggest export - fuel)

    01/14/2012 5:13:09 PM PST · by Libloather · 50 replies
    News Tribune ^ | 1/14/12 | CHRIS KAHN
    Key US oil supplier may cut off spigot SundayCHRIS KAHN, AP Energy Writer Saturday, January 14, 2012 NEW YORK (AP) — One of the biggest suppliers of oil to the United States may shut off the spigot this weekend, pushing crude and gasoline prices higher for Americans. Nigeria, which supplies 8 percent of U.S. oil imports, could see production halted if striking workers walk off the job Sunday. Workers are demanding the return of a vital government fuel subsidy that has kept gasoline prices low in that impoverished and restive nation of 160 million people. It’s unclear how much of...
  • AU Wants Peace, Security and Bigger Global Role in 2012

    01/13/2012 9:38:52 PM PST · by SunkenCiv · 3 replies
    AllAfrica ^ | Thursday, January 12, 2012 | unattributed
    The AU wants Africa to manufacture and export finished products to its trading partners rather than just selling them the raw materials as it does now. She cited China, India, the EU and US and other rising stars in trade with the continent, including Turkey and Latin America, and said the AU had held talks on the new breed of partnerships with some of them. The AU also wants Africa to have a veto-wielding seat on the UN Security Council, and a place at the G20 negotiating table, Ali said. The peace and security that have eluded Africa for decades...
  • Chinese deal could herald new era for African cotton

    01/13/2012 9:13:49 PM PST · by SunkenCiv · 9 replies
    Just-Style ^ | Wednesday, January 11, 2012 | Wang Fangqing
    A recent Chinese-African cotton agreement could usher in a new era for the African cotton industry -- but not in the short-term, say industry experts. Under the agreement, signed in December with four key cotton-producing African countries -- Benin, Mali, Chad and Burkina Faso (known as the C4) - China stated it would provide machinery, expertise and materials in a bid to increase and improve the quality of local production. At the signing ceremony in Geneva, Chinese commerce minister Chen Deming suggested this was a step towards outsourcing production to Africa. "In [the] longer term, we may relocate some of...
  • Mauritius tops African household lighting survey

    01/13/2012 9:06:47 PM PST · by SunkenCiv · 12 replies
    ESI-Africa ^ | Friday the 13th, January 2012 | unattributed
    A Gallup survey done across 20 sub-Saharan African countries on the main sources of lighting for households saw Mauritius fair best, with 100% of respondents saying this was provided by power lines. South Africa came in second at 80% in terms of households with grid supplied power for lighting, followed by Ghana (67%), Nigeria (66%) and Cameroon (65%). At the bottom of the list in this survey for electrical grid power supplying household lighting was Liberia at 4%, followed by Chad and Burkina Faso at 8%. In Chad, Tanzania, Burkina Faso, the Central African Republic, Sierra Leone, Madagascar, Uganda and...
  • Analysis -- Fuel subsidy cuts test faith in African governments

    01/13/2012 9:02:10 PM PST · by SunkenCiv · 3 replies
    Reuters ^ | Friday the 13th, January 2012 | Richard Valdmanis
    A growing trend of African countries promising to free up money for social spending by slashing fuel subsidies will test public faith in governments, amid widespread fear the cash will vanish in a haze of graft and mismanagement. Nigeria, Ghana, Guinea, Chad and others have all cut back on expensive fuel subsidy programmes in recent months. For economists, the cuts have been an encouraging sign, raising hopes that reforms are taking root in the continent even as it braces for the fallout of the European debt crisis. For millions of Africans, however, the changes have created nothing by pain. Nigerians...
  • Paralyzing Strikes and Growing Muslim-Christian Violence Create a Migraine for Nigeria's Leader

    01/13/2012 5:42:08 AM PST · by Pan_Yan · 8 replies
    Time ^ | Friday, Jan. 13, 2012 | Gillian Parker / Abuja
    President Goodluck Jonathan is living the toughest week of his political career as tens of thousands of Nigerians take to the streets in the longest national strike in the nation's history, at the same time as an increasingly deadly Islamist group continues its relentless sectarian onslaught, prompting an upsurge in Christian-Muslim violence. The crises presented by the protests against gasoline-subsidy cuts and the communal violence may be quite different, but both are symptoms of years of government abuse and corruption. After four days of deadlock, Jonathan has begun negotiating with labor unions, hoping to end the strike that has paralyzed...
  • Nigeria’s Coming Civil War

    01/12/2012 5:46:53 AM PST · by SJackson · 9 replies
    FrontPage Magazine ^ | Frank Crimi | Frank Crimi
    The Islamist terror group Boko Haram’s escalating war against Christians and a violent nationwide protest against the end to government fuel subsidies have brought Nigeria to the edge of civil war. Boko Harem began its current escalation with the Christmas Day suicide bombing of St. Theresa’s Catholic Church in Niger state, an attack which killed over 50 people. The bombing of St. Theresa induced Nigerian President Goodluck Jonathan on December 31 to place the Muslim-dominant northern Nigerian states of Borno, Yobe, Niger and Plateau — areas that have been witness to most of Boko Haram’s attacks — under emergency rule....
  • Sixteen dead as Nigeria chaos grows (oil is going up)

    01/11/2012 4:53:37 AM PST · by Pan_Yan · 9 replies
    Nigeria, Jan 11 – Ethnic and religious violence in Nigeria claimed 16 more victims, with gunmen killing eight in the north and a mob torching an Islamic school in the south, as a fuel strike added to the deadly tension. Amid the sectarian and social turmoil, Nobel literature prize laureate Wole Soyinka, one of the country’s most respected voices, warned that the continent’s most populous nation was heading toward civil war. A two-day old general strike has paralysed the country and sent President Goodluck Jonathan’s government — already battling a spate of bloody attacks by the Islamist sect Boko Haram...
  • Nigeria: Is Goodluck Jonathan's luck running out?

    01/10/2012 12:18:49 AM PST · by bruinbirdman · 4 replies
    France 24 ^ | 1/9/2012 | Leela JACINTO
    Nigerian President Goodluck Jonathan is facing a double challenge with a series of sectarian attacks by the Boko Haram Islamist group and deadly protests over a fuel subsidy removal. When he took over the presidency of Africa’s most populous nation in 2010, Goodluck Jonathan seemed destined to live up to his name. But that was until recently, when a steady drum-roll of bad news from Nigeria appeared to be reaching an alarming crescendo. On two different fronts, Jonathan is facing challenges that are threatening the stability of Africa’s largest oil-producing nation. A wave of violence blamed on the Boko Haram...
  • Boko Haram [Nigeria Islamists] and U.S. plans in Africa

    01/09/2012 4:11:27 PM PST · by Pan_Yan · 7 replies
    UPI ^ | Jan. 9, 2012 at 12:10 PM
    ... But the country's oil wealth is in the Christian-dominated south and little has reached the long-neglected north, which has fanned regional resentment. Boko Haram's growing expertise in terrorist attacks, in which hundreds of people have been killed, has deepened suspicions it has developed links with al-Qaida in the Islamic Maghreb, the jihadists' North African arm. In November, it was disclosed that the U.S. Army has sent 100 Special Forces soldiers to Nigeria to provide counter-insurgency training for national troops engaged against Boko Haram, the country's largest military deployment since the 1967-70 Biafra war. This opened up a new front...
  • Fuel Strike Brings Country to a Halt

    01/09/2012 2:03:31 PM PST · by BlueDragon · 2 replies · 1+ views
    All ^ | Jan.9, 2012 | Tunde Sulaiman, Sheriff Balogun, Mary Ekah, James Sowole and Emmanuel Ugwu, With Agency Reports.
    Reports from across the country indicate that the nationwide protests called by organised labour and civil society groups to kick against government's decision to remove fuel subsidy was largely successful. From the nation's commercial capital, Lagos to Kaduna, from Abeokuta to Akure, Kaduna and Kano and the Federal Capital Territory, Abuja, there was no commercial activity as shops, offices, schools and petrol stations around the country closed on the first day of an indefinite strike called by unions. In Lagos streets were totally deserted as thousands people have gathered at Gani Fewehinmi Park at Ojota where they listened to speeches...
  • Nigerian Islamist group Boko Haram claim church killings

    01/09/2012 10:38:31 AM PST · by DeaconBenjamin · 5 replies
    france24 ^ | 07/01/2012 | By William EDWARDS
    A fresh wave of violence targeting Christians claimed by Islamist group Boko Haram has rocked Nigeria, with over 20 people killed in attacks on mourners and church worshippers. The deadliest of the attacks hit the town of Mubi in northeastern Nigeria on Friday, when five gunmen opened fire on Christian Igbos at a house as they mourned the death of a friend killed in a shooting the night before. Various death tolls were given. Residents and a relief official reported up to 17 dead, while police said 12 were killed, with between two and five people killed the previous night...
  • Nigeria needs help if it is to crush Boko Haram

    01/08/2012 4:38:04 AM PST · by BufalloSoldier · 11 replies
    When Nigeria's Islamist terror was confined to its northern states, politically correct Western opinion was able to get away with spinning the violence as six of one and half a dozen of the other. An outrage in Jos, for example, would be put down to 'religious tensions' between the Muslim and Christian communities. It was almost as if elements in the Western media were desperate for stories of Christians behaving badly. But the politically correct spin is now becoming increasingly untenable following Islamist terror group Boko Haram's Christmas Day attack on St Theresa's Roman Catholic Church in central Nigeria, close...
  • Christians flee attacks in northeast Nigeria

    01/07/2012 7:27:38 AM PST · by americanophile · 12 replies
    Reuters ^ | Jan 7, 2012 | Ibrahim Mshelizza
    (Reuters) - Hundreds of Christians have begun to flee northern Nigeria after dozens were killed in a series of attacks by Islamist militants who issued an ultimatum to Christians to leave the mainly Muslim region or be killed, witnesses said Saturday. A Nigerian newspaper Tuesday published a warning from Boko Haram, a movement styled on the Taliban, that Christians had three days to get out of northern Nigeria. Since the expiry of that ultimatum, attacks in towns in four states in northeastern Nigeria have left at least 37 people dead and hundreds of Christians are fleeing to the south, according...
  • Nigeria's Islamists have the government dancing to their tune

    01/04/2012 9:38:15 AM PST · by bayouranger · 1 replies ^ | Remi Adokoya
    A state of emergency will do nothing unless Goodluck Jonathan faces up to the political backers of Boko Haram's terrorists Faced with mounting pressure following the Christmas Day bombings of churches by the Islamist group Boko Haram, which killed at least 40 people, Nigerian president Goodluck Jonathan imposed a state of emergency in certain parts of the country on 31 December. The measure is in force in some local councils of Yobe and Borno states in the north-east of Nigeria, Plateau state in central Nigeria and Niger state in the north-west – areas where the government says the Islamists have...
  • Muslim terrorists give Nigerian Christians ultimatum: Leave or Die

    01/03/2012 4:17:50 PM PST · by americanophile · 17 replies · 1+ views
    Energy Publisher ^ | January 3, 2012 | Martin Barillas
    The militant Islamist group Boko Haram has given Christians three days to leave northern Nigeria following attacks on churches and other targets over Christmas that left more than 40 people dead. The ultimatum, issued late on December 31, intensifies the threat to Christians in the Muslim-majority North, parts of which are under a state of emergency after the Christmas violence. Boko Haram, which wants to impose Islamic religious law across the country, claimed responsibility for a coordinated series of bomb and gun attacks on churches and the security services in five states on Christmas Day 2011. The majority of the...
  • Nigeria’s Christmas Present: Blown Up Christians-The New York Times screws it up again

    01/03/2012 5:07:31 AM PST · by SJackson · 15 replies · 1+ views
    FrontPage Magazine ^ | 12-30-11 | Raymond Ibrahim
    Several churches in northern Nigeria were bombed December 25, in what has been described as “Nigeria’s blackest Christmas ever.” The attacks, perpetrated by the Muslim militant group Boko Haram, killed at least 39 people, “the majority dying on the steps of a Catholic church [in Madalla near the capital of Abuja] after celebrating Christmas Mass as blood pooled in dust from a massive explosion.” Charred bodies and dismembered limbs lay scattered around the destroyed church. As usual, the world offered the requisite, if perfunctory, condemnations. Of note, however, is the word so many Western leaders, from the White House to...
  • Boko Haram issues three-day ultimatum to Christians

    01/03/2012 7:43:53 AM PST · by bayouranger · 13 replies ^ | 1-2-12 | Not Listed
    MAIDUGURI (AFP) – A purported spokesman for Islamist group, Boko Haram, has issued an ultimatum to Christians in the country’s north and threatened to confront troops after the president declared a state of emergency in hard hit areas. Abul Qaqa, who has spoken on behalf of the group blamed for scores of attacks in numerous times in the past, said he was giving southerners living in the north a three-day ultimatum to leave. “We find it pertinent to state that soldiers will only kill innocent Muslims in the local government areas where the state of emergency was declared,” he told...
  • Nigeria: al-Qaeda-linked group gives Christians 3-day deadline

    01/02/2012 10:12:52 AM PST · by Berlin_Freeper · 8 replies · 1+ views ^ | Jan 2 2012 | Laura Heaton
    Boko Haram warned Christians living in the country's predominantly Muslim north that they have three days to "move away," before attacks target the community.
  • Bomb blast kills five at Nigerian mosque

    01/02/2012 12:45:26 PM PST · by SunkenCiv · 20 replies
    The Spec ^ | Friday, December 30, 2011 | McClatchy-Tribune news services
    At least five people were killed in a bomb explosion at a mosque in the northern Nigerian city of Maiduguri after Friday prayers, police sources said. Several more worshippers were wounded and the blast took place as people were leaving the mosque, police said... Maiduguri is the base of Boko Haram, the Islamist group that claimed responsibility for the Christmas Day attacks on churches in Nigeria in which 27 people died. On Thursday, Boko Haram emailed a statement to some Nigerian media that said: "If God is willing we will carry out further attacks." Some Maiduguri residents believed Boko Haram...
  • Nigeria Declares State of Emergency

    01/01/2012 4:34:28 AM PST · by Eleutheria5 · 42 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 1/1/12 | Chana Yaar
    Islamist violence has forced NIgerian President Goodluck Jonathan to declare a state of emergency and order the closure of part of the country's borders. Jonathan announced the emergency measures Saturday, labeling the Islamist sect Boko Haram a "cancer" that threatened to destroy Africa's most populated body after a deadly week in which scores were killed by the radical Islamist terror group Boko Haram. Speaking in a broadcast to the nation, the president said, "It has become imperative to take some decisive measures to restore normalcy in the country, especially within the affected communities..." He listed parts of the states of...
  • Nigerian Bishops Call For Help to Fight Sect

    12/31/2011 1:38:55 PM PST · by marshmallow · 6 replies
    AFP ^ | 12/31/11
    LAGOS — An influential body grouping Nigeria's Catholic Bishops Saturday urged President Goodluck Jonathan to hire foreign crime experts to snuff out an Islamist sect blamed for hundreds of deaths. "I call on Mr President to recall the retired experts in criminology and employ foreign experts in this field to assist the active security agents to put an immediate end to the Boko Haram menace," a statement said. Boko Haram is believed to include different factions with varying aims, including those with political links as well as a hard-core Islamist cell that has drawn supporters from young people in the...
  • Boko Haram attacks prompt Nigeria state of emergency

    12/31/2011 1:11:29 PM PST · by Just4Him · 13 replies
    BBC ^ | 12/31/2011
    Nigerian President Goodluck Jonathan has declared a state of emergency in parts of the country following attacks from the Islamist group Boko Haram. The measure is in force is areas of the Yobe and Borno states in the north-east, Plateau state in central Nigeria and Niger state in the east. International borders in the affected areas have been temporarily closed. Mr Jonathan vowed to "crush" Boko Haram, which killed dozens in attacks across the country on Christmas Day. Announcing the state of emergency in a live televised address, Mr Jonathan said: "The temporary closure of our borders in the affected...
  • Nigerian churches call Christmas bombings 'declaration of war'

    12/28/2011 7:39:20 PM PST · by MinorityRepublican · 58 replies · 1+ views
    CNN ^ | Wed December 28, 2011 | Soni Irabor
    Medics carry the body of a victim after a bomb blast at St. Theresa Catholic Church inNigeria's capital, Abuja, on December 25."Lagos, Nigeria (CNN) -- Nigeria's Christians are losing faith that the government will protect them from attacks by Islamic extremists and will "respond appropriately" to future killings, the country's leading church group warned Wednesday. In a public message to President Goodluck Jonathan, the Christian Association of Nigeria called the Christmas Day targeting of churches in several cities "a declaration of war on Christians and Nigeria as an entity." The group also criticized its Muslim counterparts for failing to condemn...
  • Why can't Nigeria defeat Boko Haram?

    12/28/2011 10:13:23 PM PST · by MinorityRepublican · 7 replies · 1+ views
    BBC News ^ | 11 November 2011 | Jonah Fisher
    <p>Nigeria's Defence Minister Bello Halliru Mohammed says his men are once again "on top" of the security situation in the north - which has seen a spate of attacks by militant Islamist group Boko Haram - and that people have nothing to fear.</p>
  • Islamofascism And The War on Nigeria's Christians

    12/28/2011 5:56:20 PM PST · by raptor22 · 4 replies · 2+ views
    Investor's Business Daily ^ | December 28, 2011 | IND staff
    Islamofascism: Scores of Christians attending Catholic mass in Nigerian churches were slaughtered in their pews by massive bomb blasts on Christmas Day. While decried as "un-Islamic," a frightening number of Muslims believe the bombings are justified. The year that began with a New Year's attack on an Egyptian Coptic Christian Church that killed 21 worshippers is ending with attacks on two Nigerian churches that killed 35 and injured at least 57. While such attacks are officially condemned, they are part of a campaign of violence and suicide bombings for which 34% of Nigerian respondents in a Pew Global Attitudes Project...
  • Islamists ‘Celebrate’ Christmas

    12/27/2011 8:34:33 AM PST · by Former Fetus · 5 replies
    Jewish World Review ^ | 12/27/2011 | Arnold Ahlert
    Another Christmas, another slaughter of Christians by members of the so-called "religion of peace." The Boko Haram, a "radical Muslim sect" as the Associated Press puts it, claimed credit for bombing a Nigerian Catholic church on Christmas, killing 35 and wounding 52. What do the Boko Haram want? A sect spokesman calling himself Abul-Qaqa offered this in an interview with The Daily Trust, the newspaper of record across Nigeria's Muslim north. "There will never be peace until our demands are met," he said. "We want all our brothers who have been incarcerated to be released, we want full implementation of...
  • Christmas Attacks in Nigeria Kill 39

    12/25/2011 7:37:08 PM PST · by MinorityRepublican · 11 replies
    The Wall Street Journal ^ | DECEMBER 25, 2011
    Men look at the wreckage of a car following a bomb blast at St. Theresa Catholic Church outside the Nigerian capital Abuja on Christmas Day. LAGOS, Nigeria—Attacks across Nigeria by a radical Muslim sect killed at least 39 people Sunday, with the majority dying on the steps of a Catholic church in a massive explosion after Christmas Mass. Elsewhere, a bomb exploded amid gunfire in the central Nigeria city of Jos and a suicide car bomber attacked the military in the nation's northeast as part of an apparently coordinated assault by the sect known as Boko Haram. The Christmas Day...
  • Nigeria: Suicide Bombers Spoil Christmas

    12/27/2011 2:39:40 AM PST · by Cronos · 5 replies
    All ^ | 26 Dec 2011 | Abbas Jimoh, Muideen Olaniyi, Misbahu Bashir, Andrew Agbese And Hamza Idris26 December 2011
    A wave of coordinated bomb attacks yesterday targeted churches during Christmas service near Abuja, in Jos and in Damaturu, leaving at least 28 people dead. Also, three security personnel were killed when a suicide bomber rammed an explosives-laden car into the headquarters of the State Security Service in Damaturu, Yobe State. Yesterday's coordinated attacks began with a car bomb that exploded with its driver at about 8am at the St Theresa's Catholic Church in Madalla, an Abuja satellite town about 40 km from the centre of the capital, as worshippers were leaving after a morning service. At least 27 people,...
  • Muslim sect claims Nigeria church attacks; 25 dead (Christmas Day christian massacre)

    12/25/2011 2:54:10 PM PST · by NYer · 26 replies
    AP ^ | December 25, 2011 | JON GAMBRELL
    LAGOS, Nigeria (AP) — An explosion ripped through a Catholic church during Christmas Mass near Nigeria's capital Sunday, killing at least 25 people there, officials said. A radical Muslim sect claimed the attack and another bombing near a church in the restive city of Jos, as explosions also struck the nation's northeast.The Christmas Day attacks show the growing national ambition of the sect known as Boko Haram, which is responsible for at least 495 killings this year alone, according to an Associated Press count. The assaults come a year after a series of Christmas Eve bombings in Jos claimed by...
  • Christmas Attacks In Nigeria By Sect Kill 39 [Christmas Mass Murder On Church Doorsteps!]

    12/25/2011 12:18:23 PM PST · by Steelfish · 28 replies · 1+ views
    LATimes ^ | December 25, 2011
    Christmas Attacks In Nigeria By Sect Kill 39 The majority died on the steps of a Catholic church after celebrating Christmas Mass as blood pooled in dust from a massive explosion. Men look at the wreckage of a car following a bomb blast at St. Theresa Catholic Church outside the Nigerian capital Abuja on Dec. 25. (Sunday Aghaeze / AFP / Getty Images) December 25, 2011, LAGOS, Nigeria— Terror attacks across Nigeria by a radical Muslim sect killed at least 39 people Sunday, with the majority dying on the steps of a Catholic church after celebrating Christmas Mass as blood...
  • Christmas Day explosions rock Nigerian churches

    12/25/2011 7:07:49 AM PST · by markomalley · 5 replies
    AP/France 24 ^ | 12/25/11
    An explosion ripped through a Catholic church during Christmas Mass near Nigeria’s capital Sunday, killing at least 25 people, officials said. A radical Muslim sect claimed the attack and another bombing near a church in the restive city of Jos, as explosions also struck the nation’s northeast. The Christmas Day attacks show the growing national ambition of the sect known as Boko Haram, which is responsible for at least 491 killings this year alone, according to an Associated Press count. The assaults come a year after a series of Christmas Eve bombings in Jos claimed by the militants left at...
  • "Nigerian Taliban" church bombings kill dozens [at Christmas Mass]

    12/25/2011 9:10:47 AM PST · by americanophile · 39 replies
    CBS News ^ | December 25, 2011 | CBS News
    (AP) LAGOS, Nigeria - An explosion ripped through a Catholic church during Christmas Mass near Nigeria's capital Sunday, killing at least 25 people there, officials said. A radical Muslim sect claimed the attack and another bombing near a church in the restive city of Jos, as explosions also struck the nation's northeast. The Christmas Day attacks show the growing national ambition of the sect known as Boko Haram, which is responsible for at least 495 killings this year alone, according to an Associated Press count. The assaults come a year after a series of Christmas Eve bombings in Jos claimed...
  • At Least 25 Dead in Blasts at Nigeria Churches

    12/25/2011 7:15:45 AM PST · by LSUfan · 48 replies
    Fox News ^ | 25 Dec 2011 | AP
    An explosion ripped through a Catholic church during Christmas Mass near Nigeria's capital Sunday, killing at least 25 people, officials said. A radical Muslim sect waging an increasingly sophisticated sectarian fight claimed the attack and another bombing in the restive city of Jos, as explosions also struck the nation's northeast. The Christmas Day attacks show the growing national ambition of the sect known as Boko Haram, which is responsible for at least 491 killings this year alone...