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  • Nigeria: Another Forgotten–Or Ignored–Jihad

    04/17/2014 3:15:24 PM PDT · by LSUfan · 2 replies
    Terror Trends Bulletin ^ | 17 April 2014 | Unattributed
    There is an unfortunate tendency in the West to downplay the threat from Jihad. This is especially true when the acts of Jihad occur in the Third World and especially when the victims are non-white and poor. This week has provided us with prime examples of this in Nigeria, where Boko Haram has continued its Jihadist terror with horrific attacks which have been little more than an afterthought in US and other Western media. 72 killed, 133 wounded, 129 young schoolgirls kidnapped, all since Monday...had this happened in Europe or the US, it would have stopped all activity. But it's...
  • Suspected Islamic militants abduct 100 female students from school in northeast Nigeria

    04/15/2014 11:15:19 AM PDT · by george76 · 24 replies
    AP ^ | ‎4‎/‎15‎/‎2014‎ | HARUNA UMAR
    Islamic extremists abducted about 100 female students from a school in northeast Nigeria before dawn Tuesday, but some of the teens managed to escape from the back of an open truck, ... Islamic extremists have been abducting girls to use as cooks and sex slaves. Insurgents from the Boko Haram terrorist network are blamed for attacks that have killed more than 1,500 people this year alone. The group — whose name means "Western education is forbidden" — has targeted schools, mosques, churches, villages and agricultural centers in increasingly indiscriminate attacks. They have also made daring raids on military barracks and...
  • "Who am I to judge" forces Nigerian Bishops' Conference President to explain himself

    03/23/2014 5:46:26 PM PDT · by ebb tide · 8 replies
    Rorate caeli ^ | 3/22/2014 | New Catholic
    Archbishop Kaigama, once again (see here and here) you and your fellow Bishops of the Martyr-Church of Nigeria stand with the Catholic saints and prophets of all times and places, with the firm and unswerving moral teaching of the Church of all ages: thank you for your witness. The universal Church cannot hinder but instead must help the Church in Nigeria in its struggle to present and teach the unchanging truth of the Catholic Magisterium. “It is a mischievous and faulty generalization to reason that because we resist same-sex ‘marriage’ we differ from our Pope who said: ‘If a person...
  • Nigeria violence: Many die as militants destroy village

    03/02/2014 9:42:53 AM PST · by VanShuyten · 12 replies
    BBC ^ | 2/3/2014 | BBC
    Suspected militants have shot dead at least 39 people in an attack on a village in north-eastern Nigeria. The attackers - believed to be from the Boko Haram group - destroyed the entire village of Mainok, about 50km (30 miles) west of the city of Maiduguri. The incident took place late on Saturday, hours after two bomb blasts killed at least 50 people in Maiduguri
  • Twin Nigeria blasts kill at least 50 in Maiduguri

    03/02/2014 9:39:12 AM PST · by VanShuyten · 2 replies
    BBC ^ | 2/3/2014 | BBC
    Two explosions targeting a busy market in the town of Maiduguri in northeast Nigeria have left at least 50 people dead, the Red Cross says. Hospital sources say many of the victims were children. Maiduguri is the headquarters of a military force fighting against the Boko Haram Islamist group, which has stepped up its attacks in the area.
  • We’ll Permanently Crush Boko Haram In Nigeria – Jonathan

    02/26/2014 7:53:34 PM PST · by Viennacon · 11 replies
    Leadership ^ | 2/27/2014 | George Agba
    President Goodluck vowed yesterday that security forces in the country would adopt whatever means to totally end the sourge of terrorism and other gory activities of the Boko Haram sect. The president, LEADERSHIP gathered, had on Tuesday morning shed tears when he got the news of the gruesome killings of about 43 students in Yobe State before issuing a statement in which he opened verbal fire on the insurgents. He spoke in a live broadcast last night on national television and radio to mark the nation’s centenary celebrations, which kick off today at the International Conference Centre by 9am. LEADERSHIP...
  • Nigeria school raid 'leaves dozens dead'

    02/25/2014 6:38:37 AM PST · by BenLurkin · 9 replies
    bbc ^ | 25 February 2014 Last updated at 08:28 ET
    Suspected Islamist militants from the Boko Haram group in north-eastern Nigeria have attacked a school and shot some students, the military has said. Dozens of pupils are reported to have been killed. Police told Reuters that all the dead were boys and that some of the bodies "were burned to ashes". The attack took place in troubled Yobe state, the military said. Residents of the town of Buni Yadi said the attackers struck at night, slitting the throats of some students. They said that others were shot. Teachers at the remote Federal Government College boarding school in Buni Yadi told...
  • Nigeria's Boko Haram targets Christian town and fishing village in latest attacks

    02/16/2014 5:51:26 PM PST · by BenLurkin · 9 replies
    CNN ^ | Aminu Abubakar, for
    Dozens of residents in northeastern Nigeria have been killed in two separate attacks launched by Boko Haram Islamists, according to officials and residents. Scored of Islamist insurgents dressed in military uniforms stormed the Christian farming village of Izghe, in Borno state, late Saturday and opened sporadic fire on residents, killing at least 60 people in an attack specifically targeted at male residents. The gunmen, who arrived in the village riding in trucks and on several motorcycles, opened fire and hacked male residents they had assembled in the village square. They moved door to door in search of male residents who...
  • Islamic militants attack Nigerian air force base

    12/02/2013 1:02:09 PM PST · by VanShuyten · 7 replies
    msn news ^ | Haruna Umar
    Scores are dead after 500 Islamist militants attacked a Nigerian air force base in the home city of Boko Haram a week after the military routed its hideouts.
  • ‘This Is What Terror Is’: Adm Slammed for Brushing Off Religious Root of Boko Haram Threat

    11/18/2013 12:10:13 AM PST · by Cincinatus' Wife · 4 replies
    PJ Media ^ | November 15, 2013 | November 15, 2013
    Adamu said he fell to the ground as the gunmen stomped on his body, crying “Allahu Akbar” as his wife sobbed. When his wife realized he was alive and went to find help, she found the neighbors had been murdered. Adamu lay there for eight hours before he was able to get to a hospital. He held up photos of his bloody, swollen face after the attack for committee members to see. “I am alive because God want you to have a message,” he continued. “I have a message, just as I told my wife as I was left for...
  • French hostage 'escaped' captors in Nigeria

    11/17/2013 8:56:47 AM PST · by Pan_Yan · 5 replies
    France 24 ^ | 17/11/2013
    A French hostage held in Nigeria managed to escape on Saturday while his captors, Islamist militants from the Ansaru group, were praying. Francis Collomp, 63, is due to brought home to Paris by France’s Foreign minister later on Sunday. French hostage Francis Collomp, 63, escaped his captors in Nigeria, the office of President François Hollande said in a statement on Sunday. Collomp had been held since being abducted by the Ansaru Islamist group on December 19, 2012. FRANCE 24’s correspondent in Nigeria, Aminu Abubacar, reported that there were no military operation involved and that Collomp managed to escape entirely on...
  • Nigeria: Militants kill 44 inside mosque

    11/16/2013 5:46:20 PM PST · by SunkenCiv · 10 replies
    Indian Express ^ | Abuja, Tue Aug 13 2013, 15:13 hrs | PTI
    Suspected Islamic militants wearing army uniforms gunned down at least 44 worshippers at a mosque in northeast Nigeria, the latest in a string of attacks blamed on radical extremists. Militants believed to be linked to Boko Haram sect opened fire on people worshipping inside the mosque in Konduga near Nigeria's restive city of Maiduguri on Sunday, security officials said yesterday. At least 44 worshippers have been shot dead, they said. Also, a member of a vigilante group said that some of its members were gunned down by the rampaging terrorists when they tried to respond to a distress call. It...
  • Nigeria army 'kills 74 suspected Boko Haram fighters' in raid

    10/25/2013 8:24:52 AM PDT · by nuconvert · 35 replies
    excerpt- "The operations, which involved ground and aerial assault...led to the destruction of the identified terrorists camps, killing 74 suspected militants," area army spokesman Mohammed Dole said of the Thursday raid in Borno in the northeast, Boko Haram's stronghold. -excerpt- It followed a Monday assault on Boko Haram camps in another part of Borno, which the military said left 37 Islamists dead.
  • Nigeria troops raid Kano suicide vest factory

    10/10/2013 2:48:32 PM PDT · by Pan_Yan · 10 replies
    Reuters ^ | Wed Oct 9, 2013 7:27pm EDT | (Reporting by Ibrahim Shuaibu; Writing by Tim Cocks; editing by Christopher Wilson)
    (Reuters) - Nigerian soldiers raided an Islamist bomb-making factory just outside the north's biggest city of Kano on Wednesday, seizing guns, fertilizer and equipment for assembling suicide vests, the military said. ... Despite a concerted military offensive since May aimed at trying to crush Boko Haram, the Islamist group remains the biggest security threat to Nigeria, Africa's top energy producer. Over the past week, Nigerian fighter jets have bombed suspected Boko Haram camps in the country's northeast in response to a massacre of students at an agricultural college that killed at least 40.
  • Nigeria Attack: Students Shot Dead as They Slept (Religion of Peace Alert)

    09/29/2013 7:49:00 AM PDT · by kristinn · 27 replies
    The BBC ^ | Sunday, September 29, 2013
    Suspected Islamist gunmen have attacked a college in north-eastern Nigeria, killing up to 50 students. The students were shot dead as they slept in their dormitory at the College of Agriculture in Yobe state. North-eastern Nigeria is under a state of emergency amid an Islamist insurgency by the Boko Haram group. Boko Haram is fighting to overthrow Nigeria's government to create an Islamic state, and has launched a number of attacks on schools. Casualty figures from the latest attack vary, but a local politician told the BBC that around 50 students had been killed. The politician said two vanloads of...
  • Nigeria army raid on Boko Haram camp kills 150 Islamists

    09/18/2013 2:52:29 AM PDT · by csvset · 12 replies
    France24 ^ | 18 September 2013 | AFP
    A military strike on a Boko Haram Islamist camp in Nigeria's restive northeast has killed 150 Islamists and 16 soldiers, army spokesman Ibrahim Attahiru told AFP Wednesday. "It was a highly fortified insurgent camp with heavy weapons in (northeastern) Borno State," Attahiru said. "The army raided the camp on September 12. Some 150 Boko Haram terrorists were killed, while the military lost 16 soldiers. Nine solders are still missing."
  • Brother, Can You Spare A Drone?

    08/12/2013 8:05:41 PM PDT · by neverdem · 6 replies
    American Spectator ^ | JULY-AUGUST 2013 | JOSEPH A. HARRISS
    France’s campaign in Mali exposes Europe’s unpreparedness for 21st-century war. WITH WELL-ARMED radical Islamist insurgents closing in last winter on Mali’s capital, Bamako, French President François Hollande suddenly decided to defend Western civilization. Plunging in the polls as the most unpopular French president since the Fifth Republic was founded in 1958, he just might have had ulterior motives; diverting hostile public opinion at home with a military escapade abroad is a tried and true tactic for floundering chiefs of state. Be that as it may, French troops, mainly Foreign Legion, began deploying to Mali in Operation Serval on January 11....
  • How Al Qaeda Made Its Comeback

    08/13/2013 7:13:55 AM PDT · by nuconvert · 18 replies
    WSJ ^ | Aug. 6, 2013 | Ali SOufan
    (excerpt) ... our failure to appreciate that while al Qaeda central has been badly weakened by U.S. counterterrorism efforts, the group was never close to being extinguished. It adapted. It gave greater power to semi-independent affiliates, such as al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula, or AQAP, and to more loosely connected groups, like Boko Haram in Nigeria. The West made the mistake of failing to effectively tackle these affiliates and their propaganda, dismissing them as local problems irrelevant to the war against al Qaeda. While groups like AQAP and Boko Haram initially did focus their violence locally, terrorists who endorse...
  • Nigerian Terror Group Boko Haram Designates U.S. As a Terror Target

    08/13/2013 11:58:24 AM PDT · by Nachum · 18 replies
    cnsnews ^ | 8/13/13 | Patrick Goodenough
    (CNSNews.com) – The leader of the Nigerian jihadist group Boko Haram – which the State Department so far has refused to designate as a foreign terrorist organization – boasted Monday that it was now strong enough to “comfortably confront” the United States. Boko Haram is not only fighting the cause of Islam in Nigeria, Abubakar Shekau said in a video message, but also against the leaders of the U.S., France and all other countries that do not rule according to the teachings of the Qur’an, the Lagos Guardian daily reported
  • Leader: ‘Open Season’ on Nigerian Christians by Islamists

    07/30/2013 12:42:20 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 5 replies
    INN ^ | 7/30/2013, 10:24 PM | David Lev
    Christians in Nigeria are an endangered species, according to Pastor Ayo Oritsejafor, president of the Christian Association of Nigeria. Oritsejafor met this week with U.S. lawmakers, pleading for help in combating the Islamist groups, which have mercilessly attacked Christian communities for the past several years—making Nigeria one of the most dangerous places in the world for Christians. …
  • ‘Beelzebub inhabits hearts in this country’ (no, it's not talking about the US)

    07/23/2013 2:38:14 PM PDT · by markomalley · 2 replies
    Catholic Herald ^ | 7/23/2013 | JONATHAN LUXMOORE
    When rebel forces, led by Arab-speaking Muslims, seized control of the Central African Republic this March, it deepened fears that a co-ordinated Islamist insurgency could now be spreading through swathes of the continent. Four months on, the landlocked country is living through a reign of terror, largely directed against its Christian minority.“Churches have been routinely robbed and pillaged here, while Muslim mosques have been left untouched,” Mgr Cyriaque Gbate Doumalo, secretary-general of the Central African Republic’s Catholic bishops’ conference, told me in an interview. “Our public institutions aren’t functioning and our hospitals have been ransacked, leaving the sick and destitute...
  • Time to Label Nigerian Schoolchildren Slaughterers ‘Terrorists’

    07/11/2013 5:05:06 AM PDT · by SJackson · 2 replies
    FrontPage Magazine ^ | July 11, 2013 | Ryan Mauro
    - FrontPage Magazine - http://frontpagemag.com - Time to Label Nigerian Schoolchildren Slaughterers ‘Terrorists’Posted By Ryan Mauro On July 11, 2013 @ 12:45 am In Daily Mailer,FrontPage | 2 Comments The Clarion Project has started a petition to designate the Nigerian terrorist group Boko Haram as—well, a terrorist group. The Obama Administration’s desire to end the war on terror and not pick any new fights is overriding common-sense and moral clarity. The United Kingdom has just branded Boko Haram as a terrorist group, so it’s up to American citizens to sign the petition and tell their government to stop dragging its...
  • Two Islamic extremist groups to be banned for promoting terrorism in the UK

    07/08/2013 10:48:44 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 2 replies
    Daily Mail (UK) ^ | 10:01 EST, 8 July 2013 | Jill Reilly
    Two extremist groups—UK-based Minbar Ansar Deen and Nigeria-based Boko Haram—are to be banned in the UK under terrorism laws. If the new law is passed, it will make membership of the groups, as well as support for them, a criminal offense. Home Secretary Theresa May is to lay an order, which, if approved by Parliament, will ban both of the radical Islamist organizations from operating in the UK from midnight on Friday morning. …
  • 30 KILLED IN SCHOOL ATTACK IN NORTHEAST NIGERIA

    07/06/2013 8:32:04 AM PDT · by SkyPilot · 20 replies
    AP ^ | 6 July 13 | ADAMU ADAMU and MICHELLE FAUL
    POTISKUM, Nigeria (AP) -- Islamic militants attacked a boarding school before dawn Saturday, dousing a dormitory in fuel and lighting it ablaze as students slept, survivors said. At least 30 people were killed in the deadliest attack yet on schools in Nigeria's embattled northeast. Authorities blamed the violence on Boko Haram, a radical group whose name means "Western education is sacrilege." The militants have been behind a series of recent attacks on schools in the region, including one in which gunmen opened fire on children taking exams in a classroom. "We were sleeping when we heard gunshots. When I woke...
  • “After he refused to renounce his faith … They slit his throat with sharp objects”

    06/27/2013 10:39:31 AM PDT · by Perseverando · 10 replies
    Atlas Shrugs ^ | June 27, 2013 | Pamela Geller
    Thousands of non-Muslims slaughtered in the cause of jihad, and Obama refuses to designate the Boko Haram a terrorist organization. Madness. “After he refused to renounce his faith … They slit his throat with sharp objects” Theodore Shoebat NIGERIA (BosNewsLife)– Nigerian Islamic militants have threatened a massive bloodbath after killing at least two Christians in recent days, forcing thousands of people to flee their villages along Nigeria's northeast, refugees said Saturday June 22. The reported threats came as local believers were mourning Christian Toma Vongjen, 40, who was reportedly killed by Fulani Muslims in attacks that also left church buildings...
  • Nigeria discovers 'Hezbollah terrorist cell', weapons trove

    05/31/2013 2:58:00 AM PDT · by csvset · 15 replies
    France24 ^ | 30/05/2013
    A ‘terrorist cell’ believed to be linked to Lebanese Shiite movement Hezbollah and housing weapons intended to attack Israeli and Western targets has been discovered in a compound in northern Nigeria, the country’s security services said on Thursday. Nigeria's security services said Thursday they had discovered a home in the northern city of Kano where Lebanese nationals had stored weapons intended to attack Israeli and Western targets in Nigeria. The Kano state intelligence chief, Bassey Etang, and a separate military statement described the compound as hosting a "terrorist cell" tied to the powerful Lebanese Shiite movement Hezbollah. No evidence was...
  • {Islamic group} Boko Haram Kills Nigerian Church Leader

    05/28/2013 10:59:38 AM PDT · by Cronos · 11 replies
    Charisma News ^ | 27 May 2013 | BN
    Boko Haram terrorists are believed responsible for the murder of a popular Pentecostal pastor in Nigeria. Faye Pama was the Secretary of the Christian Association of Nigeria, North East zone.Stefanos Foundation Director Mark Lipdo said Pastor Faye was killed in Borno state Tuesday afternoon."Gunmen climbed his fence and got into his house and shot him down... You know the sect says they are out for Christians. Being in that position and being so vocal, he must have been a very marked man," Lipdo said.Faye had several college-aged children and one in secondary school. Lipdo asked that Christians pray for the...
  • Rivers of Blood (What The Woolwich Slaughter Says About Our Leadership)

    05/23/2013 5:46:13 PM PDT · by OddLane · 14 replies
    American Rattlesnake ^ | May 23, 2013 | Gerard Perry
    Once again, the words of Enoch Powell appear prescient, although perhaps in not quite the way the late British parliamentarian and classicist intended. In the same week that Swedes have been besieged by aggrieved jihadists imported by their own government, Londoners experienced yet another subsidiary benefit of multiculturalism. This time, in the form of a Nigerian convert to Islam ritualistically slaughtering a member of the British Army. Drummer Lee Rigby, of the 2nd Battalion of the Royal Regiment of Fusiliers, was methodically dismembered by an adherent to the Religion of Peace as he walked to his barracks yesterday. The loving...
  • Warplanes, Troops in NE Nigeria; Mobile Phones Cut

    05/16/2013 3:25:19 PM PDT · by Pan_Yan · 7 replies
    ABC News ^ | May 16, 2013 | JON GAMBRELL and HARUNA UMAR
    Mobile phone service was cut off Thursday in areas of northeast Nigeria as jet fighters streaked through the sky and more soldiers were deployed to fight Islamic extremists waging a brutal insurgency. Witnesses saw low-flying Nigerian jet fighters over Yola, the capital of Adamawa state, which President Goodluck Jonathan placed under emergency rule on Tuesday along with Borno and Yobe states. However, soldiers have met "no resistance" yet from extremists who have taken over villages and small towns in this region approaching the Sahara Desert, a military spokesman said. ... Mobile phones have become the only real communication device in...
  • Bodies Pour In as Nigeria Hunts for Islamists

    05/08/2013 5:56:20 AM PDT · by LibWhacker · 14 replies
    NYTimes ^ | 5/7/13 | Adam Nossiter
    MAIDUGURI, Nigeria — A fresh load of battered corpses arrived, 29 of them in a routine delivery by the Nigerian military to the hospital morgue here. Past Coverage of Boko Haram in Nigeria Unexpectedly, three bodies started moving. “They were not properly shot,” recalled a security official here. “I had to call the J.T.F.” — the military’s joint task force — “and they gunned them down.” It was a rare oversight. Large numbers of bodies, sometimes more than 60 in a day, are being brought by the Nigerian military to the state hospital, according to government, health and security officials,...
  • Al Gore’s pals at Al Jazeera shill for Boko Haram terrorists

    05/04/2013 8:23:37 AM PDT · by LSUfan · 5 replies
    Terror Trends Bulletin ^ | 4 May 13 | Unattributed
    Al Jazeera gets exclusive access to Boko Haram terrorists and then complain that self-proclaimed members of this group should either be charged or released by the Nigerian government. For those who don’t know, Boko Haram is a particularly barbaric Jihadist organization. They have made a practice of targeting Christian worshippers on Christian Holy days, such as Easter Sunday and Christmas. We have covered these horrible atrocities from time to time on TTB… http://terrortrendsbulletin.com/2012/04/08/boko-haram-islamikaze-car-bomb-kills-38-christians-outside-easter-service-in-kaduna-nigeria/ Boko Haram has sometimes been described as an Al Qaeda affiliate, but it is actually an independent organization. It may have received forms of support from Al...
  • Nigeria's Boko Haram 'got $3m ransom' to free hostages

    04/26/2013 6:09:33 PM PDT · by Pan_Yan · 5 replies
    BBC ^ | 26 April 2013 Last updated at 19:26 ET
    Islamist militant group Boko Haram was paid more than $3m (£2m) before releasing a French family of seven, a Nigerian government report says. The confidential report, seen by Reuters news agency, does not say who paid the money. Both France and Cameroon deny paying a ransom while Nigeria has not commented on the issue. The French family, including four children, were captured in Cameroon in February and freed last week. The were handed over to the Cameroon authorities last Thursday. The Nigerian report also says that Cameroon freed some Boko Haram detainees as part of the deal, according to Reuters....
  • Jihad Butchery: Hundreds killed as Muslim army turns Nigerian Town into Slaughterhouse

    04/22/2013 9:21:05 AM PDT · by Perseverando · 33 replies
    Atlas Shrugs ^ | Arpil 22, 2013 | Pamela Geller
    The ongoing jihad in Nigeria by the Muslim group Boko Haram (Western Education is Sinful) is escalating as Islamic supremacism spreads across the Middle East, Africa and Europe. Muslim soldiers used locals as human shields while soldiers set residential quarters on fire. The streets of Baga were strewn with the corpses of dead humans and animals and about 2,000 private houses and several markets were burnt down in fighting, reported local officials when they returned to the town on Sunday. The jihadists found refuge in a ....... mosque. Obama sanctions this group as he has refused to designate Boko Haram...
  • Nigeria’s main militant group threatens attack on Islamic institutions

    04/14/2013 6:12:48 PM PDT · by Pan_Yan · 26 replies
    Xinhua via NZWeek ^ | 15/04/2013 12:39 pm | Thomas Whittle
    ABUJA, April 14 — Nigeria’s main militant group, the Movement for Emancipation of the Niger Delta (MEND), on Sunday threatened to perpetrate attacks on Islamic institutions in the west African country from next month. The group, in an electronic message to journalists, said its attacks will be code-named “Operation Barbarossa”, aimed at saving Christianity in Nigeria from annihilation by the Boko Haram sect, which has been attacking churches and media and security outfits since 2009. MEND said when hostilities against Islamic institutions begin on May 31, it will target mosques, pilgrimage camps, large congregations in Islamic events and assassination of...
  • Kano blasts: Nigerians killed at bus station

    03/18/2013 8:08:23 PM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 1 replies
    BBC ^ | March 18, 2013 | unattributed
    At least 20 people have been killed in a series of explosions at a bus station in the northern Nigerian city of Kano. Several buses were destroyed in the attack in the Sabon Gari district - which is home to many Christians from southern Nigeria. No group has said it was behind the blasts but Islamist militants from the Boko Haram group have attacked Kano in the past. It is the largest city in the mainly Muslim north of Nigeria. One eyewitness told the BBC that he had seen 20 bodies after Monday's blasts. Several witnesses told Reuters that one...
  • Islamists Kill 7 Captives in Nigeria (UK, Italy, Greece)

    03/11/2013 5:02:32 AM PDT · by Pan_Yan · 3 replies
    New York Times ^ | March 10, 2013 | ADAM NOSSITER
    DAKAR, Senegal — Radical Islamists in northern Nigeria have killed seven foreign construction workers who were kidnapped in February, a significant escalation of extremist violence in Nigeria’s continuing jihadist insurgency. The killings were announced Saturday by an obscure splinter group, Ansaru, and confirmed by European foreign ministries on Sunday. The seven — an Italian, a Greek, an Englishman and four from the Middle East, including Lebanon — were seized on Feb. 16 from the compound of Setraco, a Lebanese construction company operating in Nigeria’s Bauchi State, in a well-planned nighttime assault. A grainy photo released by the group showed a...
  • Iran denies allegations of organizing spy cell in Nigeria

    02/23/2013 6:55:27 PM PST · by Pan_Yan · 8 replies
    Reuters via NBC ^ | 2/22/2013 4:37:59 AM ET | Reporting by Zahra Hosseinian; Editing by Alistair Lyon
    DUBAI (Reuters) - Iran denied on Friday Nigerian allegations that it had trained militants arrested in Nigeria on charges of planning attacks on U.S. and Israeli targets there. Deputy Foreign Minister Hossein Amir-Abdollahian said such allegations were "made up as the result of the ill will of the enemies of the two countries' good relations", Iranian state television reported. "Iran and Nigeria have friendly and close relations and despite the vast efforts of the two countries' enemies in recent years relations and cooperations have always improved," he said. Nigeria's secret service said on Thursday it had arrested Abdullahi Mustapha Berende...
  • Journalists Detained Over Nigeria Polio Attacks (9 aid workers gunned down by Islamists)

    02/12/2013 8:33:25 AM PST · by Pan_Yan · 1 replies
    VOA News ^ | February 12, 2013
    Police in northern Nigeria have arrested three journalists in connection with the killing of nine polio vaccine workers at a clinic last week. The journalists from radio station Wazobia FM are accused of inciting the killings by hosting an on-air discussion about rumors and conspiracy theories related to the vaccines. ... The female workers were killed by gunmen on motorbikes Friday, while giving out polio vaccines at two community health centers in Kano city. ... Some Nigerians in the country's largely Muslim north believe the polio vaccines are used to sterilize young girls or can cause HIV.
  • Islamists Kill Nigerian Soldiers Heading to Mali

    01/23/2013 8:19:10 PM PST · by JerseyanExile
    All Africa ^ | January 21, 2013
    Two Nigerian soldiers were killed and five others seriously injured in a 19 January attack on a military detachment heading for deployment in Mali, as part of Nigeria's contribution to UN-sanctioned African intervention force to reclaim northern Mali from Islamists, military officials told IRIN. The soldiers from a military unit based in the southern Nigerian city of Ibadan, were on their way to the town of Kachia in northern Kaduna state to prepare for deployment to Mali, when they were attacked near the city of Okene in central Kogi state, Nigerian army spokesman Major General Bola Koleoso told IRIN. "We...
  • Mali's Islamist warlord declares war on the West

    08/20/2012 1:03:05 PM PDT · by bayouranger · 15 replies
    channel4.com ^ | 20AUG12 | Lindsey Hilsum
    A militant Islamist leader whose forces have just conquered two-thirds of the West African state of Mali vows to launch holy war against the West. Omar Ould Hamaha, the military commander of Ansar Dine, or "Defenders of the Faith", which has scored a stunning victory in Mali against the failed state's armed forces, now controls a region larger than France which includes three paved runways that could be used to fly in weapons or drugs. He said: "Even if they (western forces) don't come here, when we have finished conquering France, we will come to the USA, we will come...
  • DEFENDING THE WEST: Lipstick on a pig? It's still jihad

    12/17/2012 7:24:52 AM PST · by Perseverando · 4 replies
    WND ^ | December 16, 2012 | Pamela Geller
    The Hamas-tied Council on American-Islamic Relations, or CAIR, is running another new propaganda ad campaign. This time it’s a deceptive #MyJihad bus ad designed to distract from and obscure the true meaning of jihad. Freedom fighters have successfully educated the American people about the most brutal and extreme system of governance, the Shariah: Americans know how inhuman it is, and Muslim Brotherhood operatives are still reeling from that stunning defeat. So now they hope to whitewash jihad? That’s oceans of blood they would have to conceal. Oceans of blood. One of CAIR's deceptive #MyJihad bus ads Americans need to understand...
  • Violence Against Christians Moves Nigeria to No. 7 on List of Terror-Affected Nations

    12/08/2012 12:57:39 AM PST · by Olog-hai · 13 replies
    Cybercast News Service ^ | December 7, 2012 | Patrick Goodenough
    Boko Haram’s violent jihad against Christians in Nigeria pushed the West African country into seventh place in annual rankings of countries impacted by terrorism, lending weight to calls for the State Department to reconsider its decision not to designate the group as a “foreign terrorist organization.” Nigeria’s ranking in the latest Global Terrorism Index, released this week, marked a shift from 12th place a year earlier, from 16th place in 2008, and from 30th place in 2005. The top six countries this year are Iraq, Pakistan, Afghanistan, India, Yemen and Somalia. … Most recently, ten Christians were reported to have...
  • Report: British Islamic Charity Accused of Funding Boko Haram Terrorists

    11/30/2012 11:46:46 AM PST · by george76 · 1 replies
    gateway ^ | November 30, 2012 | Jim Hoft
    The Nigerian based Boko Haram Islamist group is responsible for over 900 deaths. Members of the Islamic sect, Boko Haram claimed responsibility for the 2011 Christmas day bomb blasts in Madalla, Niger State and Jos, the plateau state capital, that left 28 people dead... Now there is a report that a British Islamic charity is funding Boko Haram... The UK authorities are looking into an alleged possible link between a British charity organization and the Nigerian Boko Haram extremist Islamist group. The UK Charity Commission (CC) has confirmed, for the first time, that it is talking to different departments, regarding...
  • Nigerian Muslim group slaughters 20 young women in their college dorm

    11/29/2012 5:00:05 AM PST · by Perseverando · 10 replies
    Atlas Shrugs ^ | November 28, 2012 | Pamela Geller
    Obama say, "respect it!" And how depraved is President Obama and in the tank for jihad? He refuses to designate Boko Haram a terror organization. Boko Haram means "books bad," or Western education is sinful. "Nigerian Muslim group slaughters 20 young women" Digital Journal (thanks to Armaros via Blazing Cat Fur) Maiduguri - Friday, about a day after 10 men were killed in Maiduguri, at least 20 women, some clad in mini-skirts and others in slacks, were slaughtered in their Maiduguri homes and college dormitories. While members of the Boko Haram terrorist organization are suspected of committing the heinous terrorist...
  • In Africa, an Islamist convergence seen as a threat

    10/31/2012 5:58:30 AM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 4 replies
    Washington Times ^ | October 31, 2012 | Kristina Wong
    The Islamist militant group Boko Haram has conducted terrorist attacks in Nigeria that bring it closer to al Qaeda in northern Mali, making linkages between the groups more likely and more dangerous, according to a paper published by the Combating Terrorism Center. In the past year, Boko Haram has carried out several large-scale attacks across a 900-mile swath of Nigeria, roughly the distance between New York City and Atlanta, the paper states. That puts the Nigerian extremists just 300 miles from northern Mali, which is controlled by al Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb (AQIM) and other affiliated groups. Boko Haram,...
  • Gunmen kill 20 at mosque in northern Nigeria

    10/14/2012 6:10:10 AM PDT · by markomalley · 11 replies
    Reuters ^ | 10/14/12
    Gunmen opened fire on Muslim worshippers as they were leaving a mosque in northern Nigeria on Sunday, killing at least 20 people, a local official said. The attack happened in a remote village called Dogo Dawa, in Kaduna state, said Abdullahi Muhammad, the traditional ruler and councillor of Birnin Gwari, a local government area next door to the village. There was no immediate claim of responsibility for the attack. Like much of northern Nigeria, Kaduna is plagued by an insurgency led by radical Islamist sect Boko Haram. They usually attack security forces, government officials or Christians, but have hit Muslim...
  • Nigeria: Devout Muslims slaughter 26 University Students, 40 people shot or stabbed

    10/03/2012 10:01:36 AM PDT · by Perseverando · 12 replies
    Atlas Shrugs ^ | October 2, 2012 | Pamela Geller
    The BBC buried the lede. The BBC's last sentence should be the lede: "fighting to establish Islamic law in Nigeria and has killed more than 1,000 people in numerous attacks across northern and central areas this year." Boko Haram (Arabic translation "books bad" or "Western education is haram") is the devout Muslim group on a jihad to impose the shari'a in Nigeria. Nigerian gunmen kill Mubi students BBC At least 20 people, mostly students, have been killed by unknown gunmen in Mubi, north-eastern Nigeria, officials say. Most of the dead are said to have attended the Federal Polytechnic Mubi. A...
  • Explosion Rocks Church In Bauchi During Morning Mass!

    09/23/2012 11:15:42 AM PDT · by annalex · 9 replies
    The Street Journal ^ | September 23, 2012
    Explosion Rocks Church In Bauchi During Morning Mass! By NewsAdmin on September 23, 2012A bomb explosion hit the St. John’s Catholic Church, around the Bayan Gari area of Bauchi(*) on Sunday morning as a suicide bomber detonated a bomb while the church was holding a morning mass. The intensity of the explosion was reportedly high as people in the Abubakar Tafawa Balewa Hospital claimed to have heard it loudly. Police sources said only the suicide bomber died while about 46 people were injured. Red Cross sources disclosed that three people died while about 50 were injured. Security operatives have...
  • Gunmen Kill 19 in Church Attack in Central Nigeria

    08/09/2012 7:25:09 PM PDT · by george76 · 6 replies
    International Business Times ^ | August 7, 2012 | Anissa Haddadi
    Gunmen have attacked a church and killed at least 19 people including the pastor in central Nigeria. Armed with Kalashnikov assault rifles, the assailants stormed the church in Kogi state, near the city of Okene, during a service. ... The attack comes amid a growing insurgency by the Islamist group Boko Haram in the north of Nigeria, which has targeted churches, schools, police stations and state institutions. The latest assault surprised security forces because Otite is in the south. The group wants Sharia law imposed
  • Muslim Terrorists Tell Nigeria's Christian President: ‘Convert or Resign’

    08/07/2012 9:23:29 AM PDT · by Hunton Peck · 10 replies
    CNS ^ | August 7, 2012 | Patrick Goodenough
    Boko Haram is demanding that Nigeria’s Christian president convert to Islam or resign, a stance that again calls into question the Obama administration’s playing down of religion as the primary motivation for the radical group. In an online video clip released over the weekend, Boko Haram leader Abubakar Shekau told President Goodluck Jonathan to “repent and forsake Christianity.” The News Agency of Nigeria said Shekau, speaking in Hausa, said the president should convert or resign if he wanted Boko Haram to end its violent campaign. Presidential spokesman Reuben Abati dismissed the demand as attempted “blackmail.” “When Nigerians voted overwhelmingly for...