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Nigeria blames Christmas terror on Boko Haram

2011-12-25 22:38

Abuja - Nigeria's national security adviser said in a statement on Sunday that Christmas Day bomb attacks targeting churches and a secret police office were carried out by Islamist group Boko Haram.

"The latest mindless and cowardly attacks by Boko Haram members specifically directed at churches were pre-meditated," Owoye Azazi said in the statement, which also listed a suicide bombing at a secret police building in the northeast.

At least 40 people died.

Meanwhile, Israel is to send medical aid to people wounded in the blasts. 

"Israel condemns in the strongest terms these attacks carried out on Christmas Day, and expresses its deepest condolences over the deaths of innocent people," a foreign ministry statement said.

The US has described the attacks as "senseless violence".

"We have been in contact with Nigerian officials about what initially appear to be terrorist acts and pledge to assist them in bringing those responsible to justice," the White House said in a statement.


Comments
  • " - 2011-12-25 23:34

    The attacks on the Christian community need to be strongly condemned. These senseless acts of violence and destruction are totally unacceptable and have no place in any religion or social order. This is so very sad and I firmly hope that the perpetrators will be quickly identified and brought to justice. Religious communities across the globe should be committed towards promoting universal human values and rights so that we may all live together in peace and harmony. My sympathies and thoughts go out to the victims, to the families who have lost their loved ones and to all those affected by these brutal acts of violence and hatred. who is ths un-heard group?.

      Riaad - 2011-12-26 00:14

      I agree Abdullah. I believe that Allah will punish 'Boko Haram' for this evil and sick deed, and also for bringing our Religion into utter disrepute. You extremist fanatics don't represent the voice of the Muslims at all. The Prophet Muhammad (Pbuh) openly forbade the targeting of places of worship, even in times of war. Jihaad means fighting against "those who fight you", according to the Qur'an. Attacking innocents is totally forbidden in Islam. Our sincere condolences to all the victims and their families.

  • Shoe - 2011-12-26 01:33

    Disgusting cowardice and bigotry. No God whatsoever would be pleased with such acts of violence done in his or her name. I would be ashamed if my worshippers went and committed senseless violent murders against other poeple to please me. And I am nowhere close to being a God. Sick lost devil worshippers!!!

  • Kwena - 2011-12-26 01:46

    Boko haram just want to be famous, that idiot.

  • The-Azanian - 2011-12-26 06:57

    islam is a security and human rights threat to every country. africa must act fast 2 prevent islamazation of sub-sahara. poverty is enough to handle 4 african nt this.

      Warwick - 2011-12-26 09:15

      Already we are seeing our foodstuffs with Islamic logos on. Next time you go grocery shoppping see how many islamic logos on are on the foodstuffs bought. The are infiltrating slowely but surely to create an islamic state.

      emile.eley - 2011-12-26 09:35

      I may just add the issue of "Season's Greetings" and the sure and rapid erosion of our Christian values.

      Riaad - 2011-12-26 10:47

      @Warwick At merely 2% of the South African population? LoL Think first before posting nonsense. Again it's your Islamophobic prejudice talking - Hindu, Jewish logos are also to be found but nobody's complaining about that, now hey ...?

      Ask - 2011-12-26 12:03

      @The (dom) Azanian - You have absolutely no clue, what is going on... you must have been doing woodwork with JM... Africa is 60% Muslim... most of which are run by ignorant and stupid rulers. Did you even know that Mozambique was named after a Muslim ruler, 'Mohammed Zam Bique'... Islam is NOT a threat to the the sub-saharan region, IGNORANCE is... and we (the Human Race) is going through a Clean-up process... eventually all the ignorance will be wiped out (GOD-Willing) and justice will prevail... it is sad and a pity that it cost even one life.

      Ask - 2011-12-26 12:10

      @Warwick - Boet, you have choices; if you not happy with the Halaal or Kosher, which are based on Biblical traditions, food in supermarkets, you don't have to buy it. However, it sounds like you have an issue with the Muslims and are using this as an excuse to 'stook'. As Riaad pointed out below... the Muslims in SA are 2%... they must be having a huge buying power to exercise such a presence... I take my hat off to supermarkets like Pick n' Pay etc.. for accommodating the needs of the minority communities. If you still not happy , LEAVE...

  • Comrade - 2011-12-26 07:34

    ISLAM is the biggest threat to peace on our planet. Something is going to give JUST NOW!

      Riaad - 2011-12-26 10:42

      Or so your biased opinion goes. Just about everywhere where Muslims became agitated and violent, is a where a non-Muslim power interfered first. Palestine - Britain and USA Iraq - USA Afghanistan - USSR & USA Egypt - British colonisers Tunisia - French colonisers Philippines - Americans Nigeria - Nato interference due to its strategic advantages ad nauseum Jihaad is a defensive, not an offensive measure. Terrorism is not Jihaad - it is evil.

      Malcolm - 2011-12-26 11:25

      Agreed. We are living in the final stages of the end times. The signs are clear: our government is sprouting blasphemy; theft cheating lies and dishonesty are commonplace; weather and volcanic activity is doubling; information is abounding; sex and fornication is out of control; there is famine and strange diseases; false religions; violence and corruption is rampant; we are destroying the earth; we hear of wars and rumours of more wars and last but no means least the Bible is preached throughout the world. Our Messiah is on his way.

      Ask - 2011-12-26 12:46

      @Malcolm - "Our Messiah is on his way". I can't wait... the problem is; Jews are waiting for the Messiah to arrive and their prophecy has not yet been fulfilled for the coming of the Messiah, The Christians are waiting - they have too many different denominations and it certainly wasn't what Jesus intended; the Muslims are waiting for the Messiah (Jesus)and it appears they have there own issues... who is he going to come to... how do we define a true believer and who is to say who is right... but one thing for certain the Messiah will come...

      Ask - 2011-12-26 15:48

      @Comrade (jy is 'n bliksem)- Islam is NOT a threat to world peace - YOU are; if we have more people like you then GOD help us. All it takes is a FEW idiots from ANY religion that have absolutely no clue what the respective religious principles stands for and we have human destruction. Is man such an animal that he is designed to kill and destroy each other... this 'killing story' is going on for thousands of years; when are we going to learn...

  • Wendy - 2011-12-26 08:45

    Well .. we forsake God and evil takes over !!

      Garth - 2011-12-26 09:14

      What an inane, ignorant comment. So the perpetrators of this violence have no god? So the church-going, christian people killed in the attacks have no god? God is the problem. No god(s), no problems. Yes I know it is the people that believe in god(s) that are the problem, but if we remove god(s), we remove the brainwashing associated with those god(s) and thereby remove the problem. Feed the religious to the hungry - solves another problem.

      Malcolm - 2011-12-26 11:40

      Quite correct Wendy. The world has generally forsaken God, much like Israel did in biblical times and brought severe punishment upon themselves. There will always be these false prophets, ignore them for they are fools. If they are right then all is well; however if they’re wrong they have a big problem! Why take the risk?

  • Dosunmu Afeez - 2011-12-26 19:21

    Don't blame Islam on the bombings in Nigeria.... Blame the corrupt government, unemployment, poverty for the bombings. I'm a Muslim and no amount of money in the world would make me take people's life. Libya, Egypt and Tunisia where peaceful nations before the western world through the use of the media to sow a seed of discord amongst their citizens. I hope we speak the truth and blame these western powers for starting all these killings. The nuclear plants in Iraq as not been found till date. I hope Nigeria splits because its obvious its a failed nation and they can't live in peace and unity anymore. I'm a Nigerian and I hope this happens soon.

  • Dosunmu Afeez - 2011-12-26 19:21

    Don't blame Islam on the bombings in Nigeria.... Blame the corrupt government, unemployment, poverty for the bombings. I'm a Muslim and no amount of money in the world would make me take people's life. Libya, Egypt and Tunisia where peaceful nations before the western world through the use of the media to sow a seed of discord amongst their citizens. I hope we speak the truth and blame these western powers for starting all these killings. The nuclear plants in Iraq as not been found till date. I hope Nigeria splits because its obvious its a failed nation and they can't live in peace and unity anymore. I'm a Nigerian and I hope this happens soon.

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