Over the weekend there was yet another terrible loss of life in northern Nigeria. Tuesday Boko Haram terrorists claimed responsibility for the death of more than 100.
Terrorists Attacks in Villages
On Saturday gunmen ravaged numerous Christian villages in Central Plateau State around the religiously divided Riyom district. More than 80 were killed from gunshot wounds and beating.
Terrorists Attack Funeral
On Sunday, gunmen opened fire at a graveyard where mourners were laying to rest the bodies of some who were killed in Saturday’s attack. At least 22 were killed. Among the dead were two prominent, Christian politicians, federal senator Gyang Dantong and the majority leader of Plateau state’s legislature Gyang Fulani.
On Tuesday Boko Haram Terrorists spokesman Abul Qaqa sent an email in the Huasa claiming that the Islamist terrorists were responsible for the attacks. He went on to elaborate, “Before, Christians were killing Muslims, helped by the government, so we have decided that we will continue to hunt down government agents wherever they are…Like we said earlier, Christians in Nigeria should accept Islam, that is true religion, or they will never have peace. We do not regard them as trusted Christians as some illiterates are campaigning because it was Christians that first declared war on Muslims with the support of government.” Members of the Boko Haram sect have often stated their aim to establish an Islamic kingdom in the country.
Nigerian Police Deny Boko Haram Terrorists Claim
Police officials in the region denied that the attacks were carried out by Boko Haram Terrorists. They believe that Fulani herdsmen, who are a majority Muslim group, were responsible. The herdsmen have been in disputes with the Christian leaders in the area over land rights. One Police source said, “if Boko Haram were involved, it is because the Fulani invited them to take part”.
There is a 6 p.m. to 12 p.m. curfew in effect in much of Plateau State, allowing citizens to be outside only six hours a day.