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Boko Haram, a radical Islamic insurgency bent on establishing a separate Islamic state to be ruled by Sharia law in Nigeria’s increasingly lawless northeast continues to target Christians, pillaging their communities and decimating their churches. Now infamous for its abduction of more than 300 predominantly Christian schoolgirls on April 14, Boko Haram has waged an increasingly brutal campaign of terror against Christians in the north, killing thousands and driving many more to flee fearing for their lives,

07/12/2014 Nigeria (Morning Star News) – After a massacre in which members of the Islamic extremist Boko Haram group last month dressed in Nigerian Army fatigues, Christian leaders believe elements in the military must be complicit in the often-unchallenged attacks on Christians.

In the wake of the group’s kidnapping of more than 300 high school girls, Boko Haram has launched continuous attacks, some of them resulting in dozens of fatalities, on predominantly Christian areas of northeastern Nigeria. As trust in the Nigerian military falters, Christians have reportedly begun trying to arm themselves in defense.

“In Ataggara, Southern Senatorial Zone of Borno state, Boko Haram attacked and were repelled by the community,” three Christian leaders wrote on June 10 in Nigerian newspaper The Guardian, describing a June 1 insurgent assault that killed nine church guards posted at a worship service.

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