142 Slaughtered as Boko Haram Continues its Reign of Terror in Nigeria
142 corpses have been discovered in a town located in northeastern Nigeria after suspected Boko Haram militants attacked. Boko Haram, an Islamic extremist group fighting to carve out a separate Islamic state in Nigeria, have also focused their brutality on Christians living in northern Nigeria. Church bombings and drive-by shootings are among the group’s “go-to” tactics to terrorize Christians. Should this most recent incident of violence lead Christians to fear that a large-scale attack is coming?
9/21/2013 Nigeria (Businessweek) – At least 142 corpses were found in a northeastern Nigerian town after an attack by suspected members of the Islamist militant group, Boko Haram, local officials said.
“Yesterday alone 87 corpses were evacuated from the road and bushes,” Saidu Yakubu, a spokesman for the Borno State Environmental Protection Agency, said yesterday in a statement handed to reporters in Benisheik town.
Suspected militants dressed in military uniforms attacked the town on Sept. 17, burning at least 100 houses and shops in the raid, according to Garba Ngamdu, the head of labor affairs in the Borno state government. The raid followed a Sept. 7 attack on the town that left 11 civilians dead, according to local residents.
Boko Haram, whose name means “Western education is a sin” in the Hausa language, has carried out gun and bomb attacks across Nigeria’s mainly Muslim north and the capital, Abuja, killing thousands of people since 2009 in its campaign to establish an Islamic state in Nigeria.