News / Africa

Nigerian Islamists Kill 12 in Village Attacks

FILE - Destruction left in the wake of an attack by Boko Haram, Bama, Nigeria, Feb. 20, 2014.
FILE - Destruction left in the wake of an attack by Boko Haram, Bama, Nigeria, Feb. 20, 2014.
Reuters
Gunmen from Islamist sect Boko Haram shot dead at least 12 people during a four-hour siege on villages in northeast Nigeria overnight, two days after a deadly attack on a school, witnesses said on Thursday.
 
Boko Haram, whose fight for an Islamic state in northern Nigeria has killed thousands and made them the biggest threat to security in Africa's top oil producer, is increasingly preying on the civilian population.
 
Gunmen riding in 13 pick-up trucks sped into Kirchinga village in Adamawa state in the evening, burning churches and houses and shooting sporadically at fleeing villagers, residents said.
 
The insurgents chased residents into neighboring Shuwa village, where they torched the house of a local bishop, a theological school and a police station.
 
The owner of a bakery, Martha Yakubu, said she counted 12 dead bodies, including two of her workers. Banks, small schools and dozens of houses were attacked.
 
The military said in a statement that six members of Boko Haram, one soldier and three civilians were killed in the fighting. Nigerian authorities often play down the military's own casualties and those of civilians, security sources say.
 
The villages are in a hilly region running along the Cameroon border where soldiers have struggled to pin down insurgents who hide in rugged terrain and launch guerrilla attacks on areas they accuse of being pro-government.
 
Boko Haram gunmen killed 59 pupils at a boarding school in Yobe state, in the northeast close to Adamawa, in the early hours of Tuesday, in an attack President Goodluck Jonathan called “callous and senseless murder.”
 
Western governments are concerned about Nigerian groups like Boko Haram linking up with al-Qaida-linked cells in other countries in the Sahel region, like Mali, where France sent troops a year ago to oust Islamist militants.
 
“Today Nigeria is facing the terrorism of Boko Haram,” French President Francois Hollande said on Thursday during the West African country's 100-year anniversary celebrations in the capital Abuja.
 
“I assure you ... your fight is our fight and we will always be ready to not only give you political support, but our help every time it is necessary,” Hollande added, without giving details of what help was on offer.
 
Jonathan's troops are struggling to stem Boko Haram's insurgency, although they have restricted attacks mainly to the country's remote northeast corner in recent months, far away from commercial capitals and southern oil fields.
 
Militants from Boko Haram, whose name means “Western education is sinful” in the northern Hausa language, have frequently attacked schools in the past. A similar attack in June in the nearby village of Mamudo left 22 students dead.
 
They have killed more than 300 people this month, mostly civilians, including in two attacks last week that killed around 100 each, one in which militants razed a whole village and shot panicked residents as they tried to flee.

You May Like

Mugabe Dismisses Male-Female Equality

'It is not possible that women can be at par with men' incoming African Union president declares on eve of summit More

Somali Terror Suspect's Light Sentence Raises Questions

Abdullahi Yusuf, 18, could have spent 15 years in prison but judge instead sentenced him to a halfway house, and a program to try to integrate him back into the community More

Video Kobani Ravaged Following Kurdish Ouster of IS Militants

Even so, hundreds of refugees sheltering in Turkey seek to return; Kurdish forces hold some back, saying fighting continues More

This forum has been closed.
Comment Sorting
Comments
     
by: Anonymous
March 02, 2014 3:04 AM
ALI BABA ARE SURE OFYOUR STATEMENT?


by: Godwin from: Nigeria
February 28, 2014 5:19 AM
Congratulations, islam has done it again! This calls for celebration when the “peaceful religion” achieves another milestone killing - over 300 this year that is less than two months old. When there is a cartoon for children that shows how violent a religion is – the world catches fire, and there are prominent personalities preaching to everyone that listens how islam is a peaceful religion. But the proof is on the contrary. Nigeria has been on fire since islam started to look for its identity in the country. Everywhere the religion is found, it has one identity – violence! In places where it has dominance, minorities have no rights – even to live their lives. In places where they share neighborhood with others, they know nothing but violence and strife. When they are in the minority, they resort to terrorism. Is this how to be a religion of peace?

President Jonathan’s administration's strategy does not help matter here. His new chief of defense was on air last night boasting of what we in the country are unable to fathom – victory over boko haram – something that we do not see yet asked to believe while the group sacks whole villages, burns down whole schools, attacks police stations and military installations with impunity. Last night they drove into a village in 13 Hilux vans, staged a combat there for 4 hours, at the end the chief of defense was proud to announce 6 of them were killed and they killed 4 including one soldier. The truth is we do not know who is the trouble – the soldiers, the police and the JTF (joint task force) team on one hand who are nowhere to be found when needed, or a mirage called boko haram on the other hand that metamorphoses in the face of a pursuit? Is this a case of running with the hare and hunting with the hound? The police, the army, the JTF and the ranks of the security operatives should search themselves for possible insider collaborators. There may after all be no boko haram when the chips are down. One thought the change of baton was to be able to isolate this postulation that the command is using their loyal ranks to execute the demands of their mentors who vowed to make the country too hot for Jonathan until he concedes to returning power to the now enervated Northern Mafia. If these people charged with the security of these places are themselves not the mirage called boko haram, where are they when boko haram invades the same places they are guarding for four to six hours without a challenge? Why has nobody been prosecuted for negligence of duty while it keeps repeating daily?

At this juncture I should be ashamed to be called a muslim. If I belong to a group killing innocent civilians in cold blood; if I belong to a religion that sees nothing wrong with burning school children in their hostels while they sleep; if I love to see blood flow everyday - blood, blood, blood - if my hands have to be soiled by blood on daily basis! I would be ashamed to be called a muslim. But what do we have? Instead we have the state trying to protect this evil by further according it much more respect than it deserves. There is a higher court ruling in USA that YouTube should withdraw a cartoon for children showing the violence this so-called "religion of peace" is capable of inflicting on society. That is an undue gratification, an undeserved reward for disorientation; an ill-informed ruling aimed at distorting and misinforming the world. If anything, there should be an uproar to reject it: this is what people should protest the world over, not Russia-leaning in Ukraine, long Bashir al Assad rule in Syria, or business imbalance leading to occupy protests in New York or Hong Kong. This is the one singler evil the whole world of sanity should rise up one day to reject - even as it is rejected in Central African Republic, CAR.

In Response

by: ali baba from: new york
February 28, 2014 5:52 AM
congratulation Islam, Islam is committed other crime and they go away for murder. It is politically in correct to say Islam is a violent religion. the media and Cnn can not talk about Muslim crime because It is peaceful religion. when they attack village in Nigeria and kill innocent people and they can not defend them selves. cnn can not surface the news because christen has to be slaughter like a sheep because Islam is peaceful religion.. I feel sorry about each person killed by Barbaric Muslim. write to state dept. write to us senator to look to the fact and not to look at cnn


by: Mbanana from: Mombassa
February 27, 2014 11:02 PM
Congratulations VOA... for the first time you write "Islamists Kill in Village Attack..." all your articles have left us wonder who might have committed such atrocities... Catholic Priests... Catholic Nuns... Jewish Rabbis... Indian Fakirs... Methodists... Baptists... so, now we know - Islamists..!!! - Thank you...


by: ali baba from: new york
February 27, 2014 7:25 PM
European union and USA ,and Canada .have to send military aids to Nigeria to encounter the terrorist organization . the country has no resources to fight these criminal s .the country need arm and intelligent so they can disable these criminal

Featured Videos

Your JavaScript is turned off or you have an old version of Adobe's Flash Player. Get the latest Flash player.
Groundbreaking Hand-Painted Documentary About Van Gogh in Productioni
X
George Putic
January 29, 2015 9:43 PM
The troubled life of the famous 19th century Dutch painter Vincent van Gogh has been told through many books and films, but never in the way a group of filmmakers now intends to do. "Loving Vincent " will be the first ever feature-length film made of animated hand-painted images, done in the style of the late artist. VOA’s George Putic reports.
Video

Video Groundbreaking Hand-Painted Documentary About Van Gogh in Production

The troubled life of the famous 19th century Dutch painter Vincent van Gogh has been told through many books and films, but never in the way a group of filmmakers now intends to do. "Loving Vincent " will be the first ever feature-length film made of animated hand-painted images, done in the style of the late artist. VOA’s George Putic reports.
Video

Video Rock-Consuming Organisms Alter Views of Life Processes

Scientists thought they knew much about how life works, until a discovery more than two decades ago challenged conventional beliefs. Scientists found that there are organisms that breathe rocks. And it is only recently that the scientific community is accepting that there are organisms that could get energy out of rocks. Correspondent Elizabeth Lee reports.
Video

Video Paris Attacks Highlight Global Weapons Black Market

As law enforcement officials piece together how the Paris and Belgian terror cells carried out their recent attacks, questions are being asked about how they obtained military grade assault weapons - which are illegal in the European Union. As VOA's Jeff Swicord reports, experts say there is a very active worldwide black market for these weapons, and criminals and terrorists are buying.
Video

Video Activists Accuse China of Targeting Religious Freedom

The U.S.-based Chinese religious rights group ChinaAid says 2014 was the worst year for religious freedom in China since the end of the Cultural Revolution. As Ye Fan reports, activists say Beijing has been tightening religious controls ever since Chinese leader Xi Jinping came to office. Hu Wei narrates.
Video

Video Super Bowl Ads Compete for Eyes on TV, Web

Super Bowl Sunday (Feb. 1) is about more than just the NFL's American football championship and big parties to watch the game. Viewers also tune in for the world famous commercials that send Facebook and Twitter abuzz. Daniela Schrier reports on the social media rewards for America’s priciest advertising.
Video

Video Theologians Cast Doubt on Morality of Drone Strikes

In 2006, stirred by photos of U.S. soldiers mistreating Iraqi prisoners, a group of American faith leaders and academics launched the National Religious Campaign Against Torture. It played an important role in getting Congress to investigate, and the president to ban, torture. VOA's Jerome Socolovsky reports.
Video

Video Freedom on Decline Worldwide, Report Says

The state of global freedom declined for the ninth consecutive year in 2014, according to global watchdog Freedom House's annual report released Wednesday. VOA's William Gallo has more.
Video

Video MRI Seems to Help Diagnose Prostate Cancer, Preliminary Study Shows

Just as with mammography used to detect breast cancer, there's a lot of controversy about tests used to diagnose prostate cancer. Fortunately, a new study shows doctors may now have a more reliable way to diagnose prostate cancer for high risk patients. More from VOA's Carol Pearson.
Video

Video Smartphones About to Make Leap, Carry Basic Senses

Long-distance communication contains mostly sounds and pictures - for now. But scientists in Britain say they are close to creating additions for our smartphones that will make it possible to send taste, smell and even a basic touch. VOA’s George Putic reports.
Video

Video Former Sudan 'Lost Boy' Becomes Chess Master in NYC

In the mid-1980’s, thousands of Sudanese boys escaped the country's civil war by walking for weeks, then months and finally for more than a year, up to 1,500 kilometers across three countries. The so-called Lost Boys of the Sudan had little time for games. But one of them later mastered the game of chess, and now teaches it to children in the New York area. VOA’s Bernard Shusman in New York has his story.
Video

Video NASA Monitors Earth’s Vital Signs From Space

The U.S. space agency, NASA, is wrapping up its busiest 12-month period in more than a decade, with three missions launched in 2014 and two this month, one in early January and the fifth scheduled for January 29. As VOA’s Rosanne Skirble reports, the instruments being lifted into orbit are focused on Earth’s vital life support systems and how they are responding to a warmer planet.
Video

Video Crowded Republican Presidential Field Off to Early Start for 2016

It seems early, but the 2016 U.S. presidential election campaign is already heating up. Though no one has officially announced a candidacy, several potential Republican contenders have been busy speaking to conservative groups about making a White House run next year. Many of the possible contenders are critical of the Obama administration’s foreign policy record. VOA national correspondent Jim Malone reports.

Circumventing Censorship

An Internet Primer for Healthy Web Habits

As surveillance and censoring technologies advance, so, too, do new tools for your computer or mobile device that help protect your privacy and break through Internet censorship.
More

All About America

AppleAndroid