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Nigeria attacks 'religious cleansing'

2012-06-20 09:32

Abuja - Nigeria's main Christian body on Tuesday said attacks attributed to Islamist group Boko Haram suggested a "systematic religious cleansing" and harshly criticised the government over its response.

"The bombings are clear indications that the Jamaatu Ahlisunnah Lidda'awatiwal Jihad, otherwise known as Boko Haram, has declared war on Christians and Christianity in Nigeria," a statement from the Christian Association of Nigeria said.

"In fact, the pattern of bombings and gun attacks suggests to us a systematic religious cleansing which reminds Christians of the genesis of a Jihad."

The group also harshly criticised Nigeria's government for what it described as a befuddled response to Boko Haram's insurgency, which has killed hundreds.

"Since these terrorist acts began, nothing the president, Goodluck Jonathan, has done has been reassuring that the end to this spate of bombings and gun attacks is in sight," the statement said.

"On the contrary, his utterances after each bombing and killings, even if unwittingly, seem to have cast a hallmark of weakness on his presidency and an escalation of the terrorist acts."

Three suicide attacks hit churches in Kaduna state in Nigeria's north on Sunday, leaving at least 16 dead and sparking reprisals that saw Christian mobs roam the streets with machetes, burning mosques and killing dozens more.
A total of 52 people were killed in the violence.

Comments
  • manford.mhlauli - 2012-06-20 10:31

    why every group that bombs people is connected to Islamic, i wonder which god do they believe in . killers

      LanfearM - 2012-06-20 10:39

      The same god as the Judaists and the Christians, the god of Abraham. Ironic really, that these three religions, that worship the same god yet have different gospels and doctrine, should fight the most...

      blackjew69 - 2012-06-21 10:10

      @ lanfearM, please remind me where jews,xtians,hindus or any other religion out there is on a mass campaign to kill other religious believers? Say what you want but ISLAM is the devils religion. Nothing less.

      ugorjifrancis.chukwuemeka - 2012-06-23 16:51

      It was obvious to everyone that Islam has been a religion of violence since is foundered by mohammad till now they have been killers, they keep fighting unbelievers. I don't know if they are directed to do so in their Koran o!\r\n But if they continue in northern Nigeria we Christains will start reprisal attacks on them because we have tolerated there attacks on us too much...

  • kseyffert - 2012-06-20 12:26

    Anyone who runs around killing in the name of God, is insane!!!! Anyone who supports them is even more insane!!!! God does NOT support killing of random people ever! he certainly does NOT support killing his faithful however they may CHOOSE to honor him. Boko Haram, You are a bunch of killers. Period. You have no God, and God (Allah) will deal with you in the afterlife. May he have mercy on your souls you poor misbegotten misfits.

  • blackjew69 - 2012-06-21 10:11

    @ lanfearM, please remind me where jews,xtians,hindus or any other religion out there is on a mass campaign to kill other religious believers? Say what you want but ISLAM is the devils religion. Nothing less.

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