In a recent report released by the US Commission on International Religious Freedom (USCIRF), the non-partisan group has reported that about 12,000 people have been killed in the largely anti-Christian violence that has swept across northern Nigeria. All of the deaths reported by USCIRF where caused by attacks claimed by the Islamic extremist group Boko Haram. USCIRF has recently recommended to the US government that Nigeria needs to be designated a “Country of Particular Concern” for its violations of religious freedom. Please pray for the persecuted in Nigeria.
8/23/2013 Nigeria (Rome Reports) – The United States Commission for International Religious Freedom, a non-partisan federal group, released a summary on sectarian violence at the hands of Islamist group Boko Haram in northern Nigeria.
The summary report dates back to the start of 2012, and claims that the largely anti-Christian violence has killed about 12,000 people. But more tellingly, it also outlines attacks against Muslim leaders and critics, as well as state and private institutions.
The USCIRF gathered the information from multiple sources, and said it only included the attacks claimed by the Boko Haram, so the impact, they added, could be even greater. The statistics are broken down into four sections. The first one summarizes some of the 50 attacks on Christian Churches. The report stated the Boko Haram will usually attack during services to maximize casualties.
The second section details attacks on Christians in the past 19 months, including a bomb attack Kano state on July 30, one of the deadliest with at least 45 deaths.
The third section also lists attacks on Muslim clerics and critics who have denounced the group. Lastly, the fourth section lists attacks on places and groups that the Boko Haram considers to be un-Islamic. They include attacks on people at bars or playing cards, as well as the November slaying of 20 women for wearing mini-skirts.