Nigerian Christians alarmed at latest statement from Boko Haram threatening more bombsMonday, June 25th, 2012
There has been alarm in the Christian community in Nigeria this weekend, after the terrorist group Boko Haram, author of several recent attacks on Christian churches, issued a threat to carry out new attacks in order to make June, "the bloodiest month for Christians."
The group said it has trained about 300 suicide bombers ready to attack the Christian churches in the states of Plateau and Kaduna (southern Nigeria). It says they have recruited the sons and daughters of Muslims killed during the recent sectarian conflict by providing weapons and bombs manufactured in Mauritania and Somalia.
Boko Haram has announced further attacks on government buildings in the states of Kano, Kaduna, Yobe and Gombe, as well as a demonstrative major attack on the Federal Capital territory, in the capital Abuja, to show the world that, "the Nigerian security forces will not be able to stop us."
In past weeks, authorities ordered a curfew to restore order, as happened in the states of Kaduna and Yobe with varying success.
The Christian churches are asking for more protection in five states in northern and central Nigeria, object of attacks in the past.
In a statement sent to Fides, the NGO Christian Solidarity Worldwide (CSW) calls on the authorities, "to respond to these threats, strengthening the protection of innocent civilians, to defuse any risk of retaliation."
According to Fides, "Boko Haram has once again shown its links with Al Qaeda in Islamic Maghreb (AQIM) and al Shabaab militia in Somalia," therefore, "it is a phenomenon that goes beyond the borders of Nigeria: International cooperation is essential to destroy sponsors, supporters and the training network."
by Gerard Bennett (source: ICN)