aims to offer the most compelling biblically-based content to Christians on their walk with Jesus. is your online destination for all areas of Christian Living – faith, family, fun, and community. Each category is further divided into areas important to you and your Christian faith including Bible study, daily devotions, marriage, parenting, movie reviews, music, news, and more.

Religion Today Blog Christian Blog and Commentary

Boko Haram Terrorists Aim at Nigeria’s Muslims Killing 120 Friday Worshippers

  • Fredrick Nzwili
    Religious persecution, missions, Christianity around the world
  • 2014 Dec 02
  • Comments

Nigerian religious leaders united to condemn a coordinated terrorist attack on a mosque in the city of Kano Friday (Nov. 28), which left over 120 people dead.


Two suicide bombers blew themselves up during Friday prayers in the city’s central mosque. Later gunmen opened fire at the fleeing worshippers, eyewitnesses told the media.


The Islamist militant group, Boko Haram has waged a campaign of terror in this part of the country since 2009. It had previously targeted churches. But the Sunni jihadist group views the country’s traditional Islamic religious authorities with disdain, too.


Kano is Nigeria’s second-largest city. It lies in the country’s north and has a population of more than 2 million.


The latest attack came days after the emir of Kano, Sanusi Lamido Sanusi, urged civilians to take up arms to defend themselves against the militants. Sanusi is the second-most powerful Muslim leader in Nigeria after the sultan of Sokoto and leads prayers in the central mosque. On the same day, a bomb attack was foiled in another mosque in Maiduguri in the country’s northeast.


Sanusi, a fierce Boko Haram critic, said he is not intimidated by the attack and pushed for the scene of the explosion to be cleaned to allow worshippers to return.


Roman Catholic bishops condemned the attack as senseless and wicked.


In Maiduguri, the Rev. John Bakeni, a Catholic priest, said he feared the attacks might escalate as Christmas approaches.


“We need the international community to act fast,” he said. “We are perishing.”



Courtesy: Religion News Service


Publication date: December 1, 2014