Boko Haram Suspected in Killing of at Least 29 People, Mostly Christians, in Nigeria
ICC Note: Boko Haram has murdered nearly 30 people in attacks across Adamawa state in the past 10 days, mostly Christians. The latest assault occurred Monday, May 25, when militants raided a town in the Madagali local government area, hacking to death 10 members of a Brethren church with machetes. Boko Haram continues to devastate Christian communities in northern Nigeria despite recent military gains in the region liberating villages that were former Boko Haram strongholds.
5/26/15 Jos, Nigeria (Morning Star News) – Islamic extremist attacks in Nigeria’s Adamawa state in the past 10 days have killed at least 29 people after weeks of Boko Haram rebels losing ground to government forces in the northeast, sources said.
Suspected Boko Haram members on Friday (May 22) slaughtered 10 Christians with machetes in Pambula-Kwamda, a Christian community in Adamawa’s Madagali Local government Area (LGA). Area residents told Morning Star News members of the Islamic extremist rebel group attacked at 4 a.m.
“They destroyed the telephone mast first before invading our community – this was to prevent us from telephoning and requesting help,” said an area pastor who requested anonymity for fear of being hunted down by the terrorists. “They killed 10 members of our church [Church of the Brethren in Nigeria, or EYN] using machetes and then slaughtering them.”
Maina Ularamu, council chairman of the Madagali LGA, confirmed the 10 hacking deaths in a statement to journalists on Monday (May 25), saying reports had reached him only that day due to insecurity in the area and communications difficulties caused by Boko Haram.