Since beginning its insurgency in 2009, Boko Haram is estimated to be responsible for the killing of over 3,000 people, including government officials, moderate Muslims and Christians. Church bombings and drive-by shootings continues to be some of the “go-to” tactics the groups uses to especially terrorize Christians living in northern Nigeria. How much longer until Christians are safe in Nigeria?
8/3/2013 Nigeria (Patheos) – Boko Haram has killed at least 1600 people in Northern Nigeria since 2010.
It’s a repetitive story of bombings, mass shootings and knife attacks, much of it centered on the northern city of Kano. I used to know people who lived in Kano and I’ve heard their stories of atrocities against the Christians there.
This business of killing Christians in Kano precedes Boko Haram. Like all forms of persecution, it gets and has gotten worse over time. A couple of decades ago, I knew people who were victimized by deadly anti-Christian riots that were more or less disorganized and at least somewhat spontaneous.
But for the past 10 years or so Kano and all of northern Nigeria has been subjected to the organized violence of Boko Haram. I’ve published posts here at Public Catholic indicating that Boko Haram is funded and trained by extremist Muslim forces from outside Nigeria, indeed, from outside Africa. It appears that at least some of the funding for Boko Haram may be coming through England.
That’s an interesting and sad thought. A small child who is blown to bits on a summer’s evening may owe his or her death to the actions of international financiers and organizers who have given over their lives to organized killing.
A few days ago, Boko Haram struck again with a series of bomb blasts in Kano. These happened during the evening hours in the Christian section of the city. Many Muslims were out at the same time, because of Ramadan.
As usual for these things, Boko Haram has taken to killing other Muslims who don’t conform to their ideas, in addition to Christians.