Posted Tuesday, December 25, 2011, 12:19 PM
As described in an article by Madeleine Morgenstern for Glenn Beck’s news website, The Blaze, Muslims are on the rampage in Nigeria, causing explosions at Christmas church services. So far at least 25 have been killed today, a number expected to rise.
According to Morgenstern’s article, “‘Nigerian Taliban’ Bombings Kill Dozens in Christmas Day Church Attacks”:
An explosion ripped through a Catholic church during Christmas Mass near Nigeria’s capital Sunday, killing at least 25 people there, officials said. A radical Muslim sect claimed the attack and another bombing near a church in the restive city of Jos, as explosions also struck the nation’s northeast.
The Christmas Day attacks show the growing national ambition of the sect known as Boko Haram — dubbed the “Nigerian Taliban” — which is responsible for at least 495 killings this year alone, according to an Associated Press count. The assaults come a year after a series of Christmas Eve bombings in Jos claimed by the militants left at least 32 dead and 74 wounded.
The first explosion on Sunday struck St. Theresa Catholic Church in Madalla, a town in Niger state close to the capital, Abuja, authorities said. Rescue workers recovered at least 25 bodies from the church and officials continued to tally those wounded in various hospitals, said Slaku Luguard, a coordinator with Nigeria’s National Emergency Management Agency.
Additionally, according to Morgenstern’s article:
In Jos, a second explosion struck near a Mountain of Fire and Miracles Church, government spokesman Pam Ayuba said. Ayuba said gunmen later opened fire on police guarding the area, killing one police officer. Two other locally made explosives were found in a nearby building and disarmed, he said.
Morgenstern also writes: “The U.S. Embassy in Nigeria’s capital of Abuja had issued a warning Friday to citizens to be ‘particularly vigilant’ around churches, large crowds and areas where foreigners congregate.”
As for Boko Haram, according to Morgenstern:
In the last year, Boko Haram has carried out increasingly bloody attacks in its campaign to implement strict Shariah law across Nigeria, a nation of more than 160 million people.
Boko Haram claimed responsibility for a Nov. 4 attack on Damaturu, Yobe state’s capital, that killed more than 100 people. The group also claimed the Aug. 24 suicide car bombing of the U.N. headquarters in Nigeria’s capital that killed 24 people and wounded 116 others.
The sect came to national prominence in 2009, when its members rioted and burned police stations near its base of Maiduguri, a dusty northeastern city on the cusp of the Sahara Desert. Nigeria’s military violently put down the attack, crushing the sect’s mosque into shards as its leader was arrested and died in police custody. About 700 people died during the violence.
While initially targeting enemies via hit-and-run assassinations from the back of motorbikes after the 2009 riot, violence by Boko Haram now has a new sophistication and apparent planning that includes high-profile attacks with greater casualties.
Boko Haram has splintered into three factions, with one wing increasingly willing to kill as it maintains contact with terror groups in North Africa and Somalia, diplomats and security sources say.
Sect members are scattered throughout northern Nigeria and nearby Cameroon, Chad and Niger.
Commenters to The Blaze were outraged by the latest massacre of Christians. Among comments left to Morgenstern’s story were the following:
“BONETRAUMA”: “Peaceful religion. Nothing to see here.”
“jnobfan”: “Exactly the kind of problem the U.N. was supposed to take care of. Where is the U.N.? Oh they are trying to figure out how to extract tax dollars out of the U.S. with BS global warming instead of what they are supposed to be doing again.”
“Free2speakRN”: “Where has BO been on all the killing of Christians? How much does he oppose it? We are certainly in the way of his agenda. Why do I have to hear about it on EWTN? Even FOX doesn’t talk enough about it.”
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