Nigeria youths kill Muslims

2011-08-30 08:25

Jos - Gangs of armed youths in the volatile Nigerian city of Jos attacked Muslims as they gathered to celebrate the last day of Ramadan on Monday, killing a number of them and burning their cars, witnesses and the military said.

The city, which lies between the country's mostly Muslim north and the predominantly Christian south, has been a flash point for ethnic and sectarian tensions between the two groups.

If the violence worsens or triggers reprisals, it may prove another major headache for President Goodluck Jonathan, whose security forces are already stretched by daily attacks from an Islamist sect in the northeast, which also claimed Friday's deadly bomb attack on the UN offices in Abuja that killed 23.

"The Muslim faithful went for their Eid prayers and on completion of the prayers they were trapped by the youths in that area," said Brigadier General Hassan Umaru, commander of the military Special Task Force keeping security in Jos.

"They burnt some cars - quite a number of cars. The number of people killed, I can't give that yet. We are still checking with local hospital sources," he added. He said there had been several deaths.

Ethnic groups

Witnesses said Christian youths set up roadblocks and attacked Muslims as they gathered in Jos's Gada Biu and Rukuba areas, shooting a number of them dead.

A Reuters witness saw several bodies. At least one was charred after being set alight.

Umaru said the youths had since been "pacified".

Nigeria has a roughly equal Christian-Muslim mix.

More than 200 ethnic groups live side by side in the West African country. Though generally peaceful, Nigeria has seen periodic bouts of religious violence, with Jos in particular showing a tendency to flare up.

At least 80 people were killed in bombings there last December 24 and clashes between Muslim and Christian youths.

  • slojam - 2011-08-30 08:34

    Very sad story. The unfortunate thing is that the innocent civilians on both sides are always the ones to bear the brunt of the clashes. Condolences to all these families that have lost loved ones during this last day of Ramadaan. It is going to be a very sombre Eid for them indeed.

  • zaatheist - 2011-08-30 09:12

    Here we go again. Both Muslims and Christians worship the same imaginary magic man in the sky and kill each other over what is the right way to butter his ego. Religions are used to legitimise awful deeds, now, this very second. When the religious stop raping, torturing, oppressing and murdering in the name of whatever nonsensical drivel that they subscribe to, when they stop restricting my rights and stop stealing my money, then, and only then will I shut up and leave them and their infantile beliefs in peace. Religious belief is the most pernicious form of self-deluding mental illness to inflict the human race.

      nexus - 2011-08-30 09:29

      Your concept of a deity is an egyptian, greek roman one. The abrahamic tradition puts forth "God" in the same way as the Taoist, "unknowable". It fits in with our growing scientific understanding. It was for this reason that the Romans needed to murder the Christ. He preached that no man can be "God" while the Caesar viewed himself as a deity. Once you understand that, you can see that the imaginary friend concept was promoted by Romans like Constantine and Paul. Follow the thread from there.... Your understanding of religion and the Roman+"Christian" subversion is dismal.

      zaatheist - 2011-08-30 09:33

      Oh Nexus I understand religion and gods very well. But help me understand it better. Please provide some verifiable evidence for any of the 4000 odd gods created by and worshiped by humans. If a UFO nut claims that alien spacecraft have visited the earth, and a skeptic says “I don’t think so,” the UFO nut can not demand that the skeptic “prove him wrong.” It just doesn’t work that way.

      nexus - 2011-08-30 10:08

      Eish. You evidently have no idea of the distinction between the abrahamic tradition, the animist tradtions and the Aryan based theologies... When you talk of God, you reduce the Abrahamic concept of a deity to the stature of an "entity".. An entity has to exist in space.. The Abrahamic "God" is what generates that space...

      nexus - 2011-08-30 10:11

      Shariah is not Qur'an Simple. it is an application of a certain confined understanding of scripture.. Stoning people to death, honour killings, and female circumcision has no place in the Book. Just because people who claim to be muslims do these, does not mean that it is the religious system.. I am talking of the religion.. Not groups of gangsters claiming an allegiance...

      GrimReaper1 - 2011-08-30 11:49

      don't blame god because of peoples ignorance and intolerance

      GrimReaper1 - 2011-08-30 12:46

      your balls are going to be toasted

  • nexus - 2011-08-30 09:23

    Islam is the only way of life which prohibits interest and places a cap on profit. It also advocates peer-to-peer charity. These kinds of incidents are designed to vilify this apparent danger to centralised capital profit in the interest global economic domination. As it is, by policy, Islam is the biggest threat to the New World Order of global economic slavery. Your government works for you. How come it takes your money and use to to extract more from you with open and blatant criminal threat disguised as Law? Because they are agents of the global economic powers.

      zaatheist - 2011-08-30 09:34

      I think that before you get all excited about peddling the religion of peace you should look at this graphic picture of a man stoned to death under Sharia law for having sex with a woman who was not his wife. or this Amputations In Iran For Stealing or this Muslims butcher 500 in Nigeria killing fields Dozens of bodies lined the dusty streets of three Christian villages in northern Nigeria yesterday. Other victims of Sunday morning’s Muslim rampage were jammed into a local morgue, the limbs of slaughtered children tangled in a grotesque mess. One toddler appeared fixed in the protective but hopeless embrace of an older child, possibly his brother. Another had been scalped. Most had severed hands and feet. Officials estimate that 500 people were massacred in night-time raids by Muslim gangs near Jos, the city that bestrides Nigeria’s Christian-Muslim fault line.

      nexus - 2011-08-30 10:17

      Yes yes.. Most Christians also tell me that Jesus is God. But I do not believe them. To me that is a Roman idea imposed to eradicate the threat to the Roman Empire. To me those people just believe what they are told without researching with an open mind. We disagree on that but the fact remains. Religion is religion and what people do in the name of religion stretches only as far as what they know of it. Ultimately it comes down to the attitudes and mentalities of people, regardless of what excuse they find for their endeavours.

      zaatheist - 2011-08-30 10:26

      @Nexus Well we agree on one thing, I also don't believe anything the Christians claim. The scary thing I find about religion is that such huge numbers of unquestioning gullible people exist on this planet. They are victims of blatant fraud on a fantastically large scale. Yet they refuse to countenance any questioning of their 'faith' and are happy to remain willfully ignorant of the truth. Its is scary because these people kill and are killed in the name of their gods.

      slojam - 2011-08-30 11:21

      Gullible people? No People with FAITH? YES! Seems like the only gullible people are the ones that have been led to believe that there is no God. Shame on them!

      zaatheist - 2011-08-30 11:40

      @slojam I'm 100% certain the Tooth Fairy does not exist. There is no wiggle room. It's not 99.9% certain and if new evidence arrives I'll change my mind. If new evidence arrived for the Tooth Fairy, I'd assume it was a hoax - and so would you. No matter what happens you will never believe in the Tooth Fairy because you know for certain that the Tooth Fairy does not exist. I perceive your God in the same way. You should wake up, start questioning the mammon loving preachermen and start living without the fear of eternal fire and damnation. Of course, if you would like to provide some evidence for your unfounded faith I am prepared to reconsider.

      GLY - 2011-08-30 13:31

      @zaatheist. It is becomming predictable where your "anti religion" rants will be posted. Your continued use of insults and implication that believers are gullible or unintellegent imply that you, as a non believer, are superior in many ways. I am quite prepared to tackle any question that you may have regarding Christianity and not afraid. I have asked you before if you have a blog that I can answer your questions as the articles that appear on News24 are updated every day.

      slojam - 2011-08-30 13:34

      Does God in all his greatness need to prove to you, a mere mortal that he exists? Which planet do you come from dude? I am wide awake but i dare not question God. You are not forced to believe in God, it is your choice but did you ever question yourself how YOU came into existence? Do you think it was by your own will? Or that of those that bore you? If so, then obviously YOU can decide if and when you will depart this world right? Hey, you are welcome to God's world anytime! :)

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