Gunmen Â Koranimals have attacked a church in north-east Nigeria, killing at least six people, the church’s pastor says. (Al BeBeeCeera spin: “Nigeria has recently experienced a surge in ethnic and sectarian violence”.)
Boko Haram appears doing everything it can to spark a civil war in northern Nigeria. The central government’s unwillingness or inability to respond to it leaves a vacuum that will lead to Boko Haram’s targets defending themselves independently from a government that can’t or won’t.
If the government is trying to keep the peace or keep the situation from escalating by not engaging Boko Haram, it is actually setting up a situation that may see it lose control. “20 killed as Nigerian gunmen attack Christian mourners,” by Mike Pflanz for theTelegraph, January 6:
It was the latest in a series of attacks blamed on radical Islamists who have vowed to wage a religious war on Nigeria’s Christians and drive them from the country’s majority-Muslim north.
The first week of the new year was a big one for the Religion of Peace.Â
InÂ Yemen, fundamentalists set fire to a hotel selling alcohol, killing twoÂ guests who had to jump from a balcony. Â al-Qaeda massacred 26 Â Syrians.Â Sunni bombers inÂ IraqÂ sent nearly 100 Shia pilgrims to AllahÂ over two days.Â And hardliners inÂ NigeriaÂ shot and hacked about 30 Â Christians to death in a series of attacks while shouting praises to Allah.
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