Saturday, Boko Haram militants attacked the Christian town of Shani in northeast Nigeria, killing a still untold amount of innocent civilians in the latest episode of their ongoing campaign of terror. Bent on establishing a separate Islamic state to be ruled by Sharia law, Boko Haram has slaughtered more than 1,700 Christians this year alone, abducted more than 270 mostly-Christian schoolgirls and destroyed dozens of churches. Our thoughts and prayers go out to Shani, and all those suffering in the shadows of Boko Haram.
12/02/2014 Nigeria (Christian Examiner) – Suspected Boko Haram militants, who arrived on motorcycles throwing bombs, raided a mostly Christian town in Nigeria’s northeast after nightfall on Saturday, townspeople and a military source said.
Citizens described how scores of people were killed in the community of Shani, but a police source said the death toll could not be verified because communications to the area largely had been cut off.
“They rode on motorcycles and were more than 30 men. They started throwing bombs into houses…then the Boko Haram fired shots at people fleeing,” resident Ishaya Brimah told Reuters by phone from a nearby village on Sunday.
“They set ablaze the police station, houses and a telecom mast … I saw people fleeing, some bodies on the ground.”
Shani is located in Nigeria’s Borno state, the heartland of Islamist group Boko Haram’s five-year insurgency, which has displaced more than one million people.
The Sunni jihadist movement is fighting to revive a medieval Islamic caliphate in Nigeria’s north.