Nigeria: Killers slit Christian woman's throat

2012-02-24 09:11

Maiduguri - Police discovered the body of a 79-year-old Christian woman killed in northeast Nigeria, with a note in Arabic left on her chest reading: "We will get you soon", a witness said.

The slaying raises religious tensions in Nigeria as a radical Islamist sect increasingly targets Christians in its bloody attacks. While police said on Thursday they knew of no immediate suspects in the killing, witnesses blamed the attack on the sect known as Boko Haram, which has been blamed for killing at least 305 people this year alone, according to an Associated Press count.

The dead woman was identified as Shetu Haruna Malgwi, a Christian living in the city of Maiduguri in Nigeria's Muslim north. Assailants apparently attacked Malgwi on Wednesday, a day after she returned home from receiving an eye treatment in the city of Kaduna, Borno state police spokesperson Samuel Tizhe said.

Her killers slit the woman's throat, then wrote a note with red pen they left on her chest, witness Audu Ibrahim said. Ibrahim said the woman's family believes the message is for her son, who is a pastor of a local church where the 79-year-old sang in the choir.

Authorities found a Bible placed under the woman's feet, Ibrahim said. Police continue to investigate the killing and no arrests have been made, Tizhe said.

Boko Haram, whose name means "Western education is sacrilege" in the local Hausa language, is carrying out increasingly sophisticated and bloody attacks in its campaign to implement strict Shariah law and avenge Muslim killings in Nigeria, a multiethnic nation of more than 160 million people.

Maiduguri is the sect's spiritual home, though its members have carried out attacks across the north. This year, a spokesman for the sect warned it would begin specifically targeting Christians living in the north. That has further widened divisions between Christians and Muslims in the country.

Meanwhile, police said four police officers were killed in two separate attacks in Nigeria on Thursday.

  • Glo - 2012-02-24 09:40

    Mrs Shetu Malgwi soul will rest in peacein Jesus name! The cowardly murderer(s)have her blood on their head and will never find peace.Boko Haram are dregs of the society and scums of the earth. The sponsors of boko haram and their supporters will never never defeat Christianity neither will they succeed in their devilish desire to divide Nigeria, All their schemes will surely pass away, it is a passing phase, Nigeria will surely come out stronger.Evil will not rule the world neither will the forces of darkness prevail over the forces of Light.

      micheal.agbolade - 2012-02-24 11:50

      No matter what anybody, group or class does in what soever name or disguise, the fight for religious dominance has never and will never be achieved by cohersion or brutality. What the so callec Boko Haram failed to realise is that true religion, like christianity, is a matter of conviction and cannot be undermine by killing, maiming or subjecting the believers or adherent to excruciating pains. Christianity has survived much more terrible attacks in the past and never became weak, but rather grew stronger and became much more alive. Common sense dictates that religous propagation should rely more on superior arguement and a higher spiritual affiliation. I checked through history and I was conviced beyond any reasonable doubt that Christianity and, by implication, Christians (whether nominal, superficial or adherent) have contirbuted, more than any religious bodies or organizations and thier adherent, to the development and well being of humanity. The list of these great christian scientis, philosophers, philantropist and reformers are endless. In the contemporary world, christians (irrespective of denomination or doctrine)

      Andries - 2012-02-24 14:02

      @ michael.agholade: Nonsense! Throughout the ages Christianity has been the main aggressor, not the victim. How many people has it murdered during the crusades and it's endless list of forced conversions throughout the course of history? Just because much of this happened before our lifetimes doesn't mean it's no longer relevant and that we should just conveniently forget about it. Christianity should practice what it preaches!

  • wesleywt - 2012-02-24 09:52

    The follows of the super friends showing how human they are.

  • Charlie - 2012-02-24 09:54

    Murder, war and destruction in the name of religion. Should be outlawed.

  • Larry - 2012-02-24 10:02

    Shows the capacity for hatred and intolerance of other religions, by these savage fanatics.

      Sharon - 2012-02-24 10:20

      And Islam is touted as a religion of peace....what mandacious, double thinking, evil, fvcks. They're initiating the 4th Caliphate, all I can say is, BRING IT ON MAFO's.

  • Hallo - 2012-02-24 10:09

    The note doesn't make sense. They already got her. Dirty arabs...

      Ruan - 2012-02-24 10:13

      Did you even read the whole article?

      Hallo - 2012-02-24 12:26

      I did now. I would say that got him too. I mean they only butchered his mother.

  • BA - 2012-02-24 10:38

    Islam = terrorism

  • phathuchicos - 2012-02-24 10:53

    Kuran needs to be rewritten in order for the world to have peace...this can't go on forever.

      Schmee - 2012-02-24 13:32

      Nothing wrong with the book. Just like there are religious fanatics that interpret the Bible the way they feel like, so there are people that interpret the Koran the way they want too. Cast your memory back to our not too distant past, how fanatics used the Bible to prove that black people were inferior.

      Garth - 2012-02-24 14:07

      The solution is the immediate abolition of all religions. The pulping of all their little books(people who burn books will one-day burn people - Albert Einstein). The destruction, or conversion into homes for the poor, of all their little houses. The distribution of their wealth amongst the poor, where it was initially earmarked to go. The tarring-and-feathering of all the purveyors of these falsehoods.

      OzzyIn - 2012-02-24 14:14

      Garth, I hope this happens. It is identified in the Bible as the start of the Great Tribulation when the governments and people turn against religion.

  • Garth - 2012-02-24 11:58

    That particular form of hypocrisy, called religion, strikes again! "let there be no hostility except to those who practice oppression" (Qur'an 2:190-193)

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