Nigerian army chief estimates death toll by Boko Haram at 3,000
By Dan Wooding, who was born in Nigeria Founder of ASSIST Ministries
NIGERIA (ANS) -- Militant Islamist group Boko Haram, which is waging war against Christians in Nigeria, has been responsible for an estimated 3,000 deaths since 2009, according to an army chief.
Boko Haram militants are fighting to
establish an Islamic state
Barnabas Aid (www.barnabasfund.org), says that the figure given by Azubuike Ihejirika on November 6, 2012, of the total number of Boko Haram victims is the highest reported by an official source.
The group has been carrying out deadly attacks on churches and Christian communities as well as the security forces and official targets in its campaign to establish an Islamic state in Northern Nigeria.
Barnabas Aid contacts in Nigeria have been logging attacks against Christians by Boko Haram and other Muslim groups over the last two years. As well as the targeting of churches, these include the cold-blooded assassination of Christian families in their homes. Children, pregnant women and the elderly have not been spared in these violent episodes.
Among the most harrowing of the scores of incidents recorded by their contacts are:
* A Christian mother and her four children were slaughtered in their home in Dabwak, Plateau state, on February 28, 2011.
* A pre-dawn attack on a Christian village in Kano state on May 6, 2011 resulted in the deaths of 17 residents, including a pastor’s wife and three children.
* A pastor who preached religious tolerance was hacked to death along with his son at their church in Jos, Plateau state, on August 29, 2011.
* An elderly Christian couple and their two grandchildren were shot dead in their home in Dabwak, Plateau state, on September 5, 2011.
* A Christian woman in labor was hacked to death along with 13 members of her family in a midnight raid on Vwang Fwil, Plateau state, on September 10, 2011.
* Five Christian traders were executed in Madalla near the capital Abuja on September 22, 2011 when they failed to recite verses from the Quran.
* A bombing and shooting rampage that targeted six churches and a police station in Potiskum, Yobe state, on November 4, 2011 which left 150 people dead and 200 injured, most of them Christians.
* Two children were kidnapped and killed in Yobe state on November 23, 2011 to punish their father for being “disloyal to Islam” by converting to Christianity.
* A woman and a baby were shot dead along with four other Christians on a bus at a petrol (gasoline) station in Potiskum, Yobe state, on January 11, 2012.
* Grenades were hurled into the homes of Christians in Tafawa Balewa, Bauchi state, as they slept on January 22, 2012. Nine were killed in total, some in the explosions, while others were gunned down as they tried to escape.
* Around 40 people were killed in a suicide bombing outside a church in Kaduna during Easter celebrations on April 8, 2012.
* A massacre at a church in Kano on April 29, 2012 left 16 Christians dead. The attackers bombed the church before shooting fleeing worshippers in the back.
“Barely a week goes by without a report of another anti-Christian attack in Nigeria, while the security forces seem at a loss as to how to bring Boko Haram under control,” stated a spokesperson for Barnabas Aid.
Dan Wooding, 71, who was born in Nigeria of British missionary parents, is an award winning British journalist now living in Southern California with his wife Norma, to whom he has been married for 49 years. They have two sons, Andrew and Peter, and six grandchildren who all live in the UK. He is the founder and international director of ASSIST (Aid to Special Saints in Strategic Times) and the ASSIST News Service (ANS) and he hosts the weekly “Front Page Radio” show on the KWVE Radio Network in Southern California and which is also carried throughout the United States and around the world. Besides this, Wooding is a host for His Channel Live, which is carried via the Internet to some 192 countries. Dan recently received two top media awards -- the “Passion for the Persecuted” award from Open Doors US, and as one of the top “Newsmakers of 2011” from Plain Truth magazine. He is the author of some 45 books, the latest of which is “Caped Crusader: Rick Wakeman in the 1970s.” To order a copy, go to: Caped Crusader - Amazon