Boko Haram Attacks Five Northern Nigerian Churches
Carrie DedrickReligious persecution, missions, Christianity around the world
- 2014 Aug 04
Boko Haram militants have attacked five more churches in northern Nigeria. The Islamic extremist group attacked churches in the Hawal Local Government Area with bombs on July 30. While the churches were destroyed, there were no knowns deaths in the incident.
This attack was predecessed by another on July 29 when 13 people died in Yobe state. Suicide bombers entered two mosques for the attack, injuring many more.
Boko Haram continues to defy the laws of the government and resist Nigerian law enforcement. Nigerian President has faced criticism from Nigerians as well as world leaders for failing to curb Boko Haram’s violence.
Christian Solidarity Worldwide Chief Executive Mervyn Thomas said, "Boko Haram continues to commit war crimes by wilfully destroying churches...Moreover, the sect has illustrated once again its disregard for every religion and for the sanctity of human life, not only by targeting the innocent as they pray, but also by indoctrinating vulnerable girls for use as disposable commodities to fulfil its murderous purposes.”
"Nigerians must put aside all religious, political and other divisions and unite in the national interest to overcome this destructive terrorist sect as a matter of urgency."
Publication date: August 4, 2014