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Nigeria: Boko Haram Torches 4 Churches, Slays Pastor

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Yesterday, Boko Haram militants pillaged a village in northern Nigeria's Borno State, ransacking grain stores, torching four churches, and slaying a local clergy man for refusing to convert to Islam. Rev. Jacob Kwiza of the Church of Christ in Nigeria (COCIN) was slashed at the neck in front of his parishioners, left to bleed to death as congregants fled the village to spare their own lives. Marking the second of two brutal murders of Nigerian clergymen by Boko Haram this year, Rev. Kwiza's death follows the gunning down of Rev. Faye Pama Musa in his home in May. Boko Haram, a radical Islamic insurgency, continues to perpetrate violence against Christians and churches throughout Northern Nigeria in its attempt to carve out a separate Islamic state to establish and implement the sect's special brand of Shari'ah Law.

06/17/2013 Nigeria (AllAfrica) - Suspected members of the terrorist Islamic sect, Boko Haram, believed to have fled their destroyed camps in parts of Borno, Yobe and Adamawa States as a result of the ongoing clampdown by the military, have resurfaced in Gwoza, a Borno town attacking four communities and torching their churches.

It was gathered that the sect members attacked four communities of Hwa'a, Kunde, Gathahure and Gjigga of Gwoza Hills settlements on Thursday torching four churches with Improvised Explosives Devices (IEDS) and petro-bombs.

A resident of Kunde, Tada Garuta told journalists that the gunmen climbed the hills by foot with explosives and petro-bombs, and after chanting "Allahu Akbar" meaning God is great, set ablaze four local churches.

The bandits equally ransacked and emptied the bans of grains of residents of the communities, and went away with some livestock of Gathahure and Hwa'a communities before dawn.

The attacked communities are located in Gwoza council area of Borno State on Mandara Hills, about 151 kilometres south of Maiduguri, the state capital.

Garuta who spoke to journalists yesterday at the Bama road Motor Park in Maiduguri, narrated that the hoodlums after torching the church in Hwa'a community, killed Rev. Jacob Kwiza (rtd) of Church of Christ in Nigeria (COCIN).

He narrated: "The gunmen threw some explosives at our church, they forced the retired Reverend to renounce Christianity and be converted to Islam, but Rev. Jacob defied the gunmen's threat of being killed."

"After he refused to renounce his faith. They slit his throat with sharp objects; and we started to flee for safety, as we don't know the next targets of these gunmen." He said the people were over-awed with fear and could not immediately go back to the hills to pick the corpse of the slain clergyman as it laid on the fields for two days.

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