Violence against Christians continued in Nigeria the first week of June as members of the radical Islamist group Boko Haram attacked villages and churches in the northeastern portion of the country in a self-proclaimed effort to wipe out the predominant Christian faith in the African nation.
On June 4, reported BBC News, a group of Boko Haram terrorists posing as Christian ministers killed an estimated 45 people in a village near Maiduguri, capital of the Borno State in northeastern Nigeria. Survivors said that the attackers invited residents to come and hear them preach, but then opened fire on the crowd before fleeing across a river and set fire to houses and buildings in a nearby village.
That murderous attack followed an earlier and even more deadly one June 2, as Boko Haram terrorists dressed as soldiers attacked three villages in the remote Gwoza area of Borno State, slaughtering an estimated 200 civilians. In this case, reported Fox News, the killers “arrived in Toyota Hilux pickup trucks — commonly used by the military — and told the civilians they were soldiers ‘and we are here to protect you all’ — the same tactic used by the group when they kidnapped [hundreds of girls] from a school in the town of Chibok on April 15.”
After the terrorists had gathered the residents together, “they began to shout 'Allahu Akbar, Allahu Akbar' at the top of their voices,” said a survivor of the attack. “Then they began to fire at the people continuously for a very long time until all that gathered were dead.”
Meanwhile, Morning Star News, which monitors persecution and assaults against Christians around the world, reported on two similar attacks Sunday, June 1, in which Boko Haram thugs attacked and killed nine Christians guarding a church service in the Borno state, and 48 others in an attack in neighboring Adamawa state.
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Photo shows women and children who survived attacks at St. Paul's Roman Catholic Church in Wada Chakawa, Yola, Nigeria, Jan. 31, 2014: AP Images