Nigeria: Boko Haram militants burn churches, border posts

It was not going to be another violence free Sunday in Nigeria as suspected members of the Islamist extremist group Boko Haram

File photo: a relic of Boko Haram bombing in Kaduna
set fire to churches and border posts in Gamboru Ngala, 140 kilometres to Maiduguri, the capital of Nigeria’s Borno state.

Residents said around 50 gunmen in cars and on motorcycles carried out the attacks on three churches and border posts with neighbouring Cameroon, opening fire on police and chanting Allahu Akbar, (God is Greatest), residents said. So far two policemen have been identified among casualties, according to residents.

Among the security posts burned were offices for immigration, customs and the secret police and a quarantine building.

“The gunmen believed to be Boko Haram were around 50 in number and came in cars and on motorcyles around 8:30 am and attacked the security offices at the border posts, burning them,” a resident Modugana Ibrahim told the French news agency, AFP.

“They opened fire on the security personnel but it is hard to say if anybody was hurt or killed,” Ibrahim said.

Another resident, Hamidu Ahmad, said the gunmen went into town “chanting ‘Allahu Akbar’ and burnt down the divisional police station and three churches”.

It was not clear whether worshippers were inside the churches at the time of the attacks.

Today’s attacks culminated earlier warnings by the militants of an attempt to impose a Taliban kind of hegemony on the town.

Two weeks ago leaflets were circulated decreeing that women were required to wear the Muslim veil and banning the sale of cigarettes, residents said.

“A tailor named Adamu was shot dead last week by some suspected Boko Haram members for making clothes for women the group consider obscene,” said resident Hajara Umar.

Violence linked to the Boko Haram insurgency in northern and central Nigeria is believed to have left over 3,000 people dead since 2009, including killings by the security forces.

Talks about resolving the crisis by some negotiations have ended in mere speculations as the Nigerian government described the leadership of the militant group as ‘ghosts’ and ‘masked’ men.

Last week, two suicide bombers believed to be members of the sect struck at St Andrew Military Protestant Church in Jaji, Kaduna state, killing no fewer than 17 people, with over 27 others injured.

The military high command in reaction to the embarrassing bombing of its elite military formation sacked two commanders from the unit on Saturday.

Also last week, gunmen belonging to the sect, attacked the headquarters of the Police Special Anti Robbery Squad, in Abuja, freeing 30 detainees, and killing two policemen.

The police claimed they re-arrested 25 of the detainees.

.This report was updated at 7.10 p.m Sunday with reports about police casualties


  1. Efeturi OjakaminorRevdfather

    Not to worry. The presidency has just assured the world tha the country is safe. I can see foreign investors trooping in. Hurray !!!

  2. cash

    if islam is followiing what the clerics say islam is t,hen killings and murdering will be associated with islam ,but if individual muslims reject the clergy of muslims and keep religion to one that is personal and private then there is a chance of peace,but that million dollar question remains unanswered

  3. Naijaman

    As for me, the killing has turned political! In the last Presidential Election in Nigeria mostly Christians Voted 90% for Jonathan. Now those that vowed that if Jonathan won, Nigeria will not know peace are already skimming for the next presidential election. Their latest strategy is “Kill More Christians” and reduce Jonathan’s Vote in-case he want to go for second term. I call this evil. The religion they are hiding under is evil too. Islam is a religion for vampires too many sucking of innocent blood. We know this will not continue.

  4. muhammad Nasir Ali

    @cooker you are really ignorant of islam by abusing the religion and the prophet. What you should know anybody can say allahu akbar and do what he like some arenot even muslims are your brothers that hide in disguise to tenish the image of muslims and islam. We know is conspiracy but one day God will expose you all. Try and read widely so that you comment with intellect not blindly.

    1. Ade

      Muhammed keep shut your mouth. Dont disown your brothers they are muslims. It is written in Quran that you should kill infidel. Who are infidel? Anyone that does not belief in a certain law, order, worship are infidel. So a christian is an infidel to muslims because they dont belief or worship Muhammed. They are not fighting for any God but walking their way to HELL fire. You are shouting “Allahu Akbar” or what you simply translated as Allah is greatest and you are kiling people. To hell with you and your belief

    2. JimJFox

      YOU are the one ignorant of Islam! Read and learn, check into the quoted verses and then come back and admit you are WRONG! –

  5. Cooker

    What is the meaning of allahu akbar if i may ask God is greatest, i respect all kind of religous but i’m now convinced that Islamic religion is not the true faith of God followers who believed in killing innocent people and distruction of properties in the name of God. The religion is fake their prophet is fake and their followers is fake who are happy by sucking innocent blood.THE RELIGION I KNOW DID NOT KILL IN THE NAME OF GOD.

    1. obi

      Islam is a death cult, it is anti-human. Islam needs to be dismantled
      Worldwide and bannished forever.

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