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Muslim Radicals Kill 150 in Nigeria, Goal is Sharia

  • Religion Today
    Religious persecution, missions, Christianity around the world
  • 2011 Nov 09
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At least 150 people have been killed in northern Nigeria by Muslim extremists from the Boko Haram terrorist group, and the group has warned of more attacks to come, International Christian Concern reports. The Islamic group, which has centered its attacks on churches, police stations and mosques, "has repeatedly said that it wants to establish a new Nigeria, where a strict version of sharia law will be the law of the land," said Jonathan Racho of ICC. A spokesman of Boko Haram said the extremists would continue attacking until security forces left them alone, and local police have responded by strengthening security around the cities where the attacks have occurred. Christians in the city of Damaturu, despite their church buildings being bombed and burnt, defied the security panic Sunday and held their services in open air at the church premises; one member reported that everything "went on hitch-free."