Boko Haram stormed the majority-Christian area of Gwoza in Nigeria’s increasingly lawless Borno State on August 6th, killing 100 and burning homes and churches the ground. While the exact number of Christians slain is unknown, concern for those that remain continues to mount. Time and again Boko Haram has displayed its capacity to conduct swift, large-scale attacks without any threat of resistance from the Nigerian military. The massacre serves as yet another reminder of the need for immediate and consequential action.
08/14/2014 Nigeria (Christian Today) – Extremist Muslim organisation Boko Haram ravaged the predominantly Christian town of Gwoza, Borno State last week.
Over 100 people were killed in the attack, and many citizens were forced to flee their homes and run into the hills to save their lives, BosNewsLife reports.
Survivors reported that the attackers rode into Gwoza around 4 a.m. on August 6, wearing military uniforms. The Boko Haram members arrived on motorcycles, in trucks, and in up to 50 Toyota Hilux vans, and attacked the village with fuel-bombs and Improvised Explosive Devices (IEDs).
The population of over 276,000 had their homes ransacked for food and other supplies before being burned. Some escaped civilians fled to Cameroon or nearby Adamawa State.
One survivor, Pirda Tada, described the chaotic scene.
“I thank God for sparing my life, but three of my neighbors and members of our church were killed during the attack,” the former Saha village, Gwoza resident told the Christian News Network.
“These Christians in our village had their throats slit with knives while their hands were tied behind their backs. Some houses were bombed as the Boko Haram gunmen were chanting, ‘God is great!’ in Arabic.”
Tada reported that six Christians were killed in Saha, and the Church of Christ in Nations building in Pegi Barawa village was destroyed.