The Nigerian military claims to have killed 20 members of Boko Haram, an Islamic extremist group set on establishing a separate Islamic nation in Nigeria’s northern states. Boko Haram has been conducting an armed insurgency for the past three years and is estimated to have murdered over 3,000 people. Christians living in northern Nigeria have been and continue to be targeted by the extremist group. Will Boko Haram respond to this recent killing by attacking Christians?
3/3/2013 Nigeria (ZeeNews) – Nigerian military on Sunday killed 20 members of radical Islamist militant group Boko Haram as it repelled their attack on Army barracks in the northeastern state of Borno.
“Boko Haram terrorists attempted to attack a military barracks (in Borno) at about 5:00 am (local time),” spokesman Lieutenant Colonel Sagir Musa said in a statement.
He said the attack occurred in the village of Monguno, about 200 kilometres (124 miles) from Borno’s restive capital of Maiduguri, considered to be Boko Haram’s headquarter.
“The encounter led to the deaths of 20 Boko Haram terrorists,” Musa said, adding that the attack was “repelled”.
The gunmen came in large numbers with Kalashnikovs and rocket-propelled grenade launchers, he said.
“They came with three trucks and several motorcycles,” he added.
Boko Haram wants to install Islamic sharia rule in Africa’s top oil producing country.