Radical Islamic front and U.S. State Department-designated terrorist organization Boko-Haram continues to pillage Northern Nigeria in its quest to carve out a separate Islamic state to be ruled by Sharia law. Following the destruction of 20 churches and killing of more than 100 Christians in March of this year, Boko-Haram raided a mosque late last week, massacring 20 innocents. ICC, along with many others in the international community, continues to pray for Nigeria and to demand national and international institutions work toward peace in the country’s ravaged north.
04/09/2014 Nigeria (ChristianityToday) – An estimated 20 people are thought to have died after gunmen opened fire at a mosque in a village in north-eastern Nigeria on 5 April.
Islamist extremist group Boko-Haram is suspected of being responsible for the attack, which took place as locals gathered at the mosque for dawn prayers in Buni Gari village in Yobe State.
Boko Haram – which translates as ‘Western education is sacrilege’ – was officially labelled a ‘Foreign Terrorist Organisation’ by the US government last year. It has ties to Al-Qaeda, and is responsible for over two thousand deaths in Nigeria since 2009.
Its leadership has declared its intent to cleanse the country of Christians, eradicate Nigerian democracy and replace it with an Islamic state guided by Sharia law. Besides attacking Christians, members of the extremist faction have begun targeting some Muslim communities which they believe to have betrayed Islam.