Boko Haram suspected in deaths of 12 Nigerian Christians in church attacks
The African terrorist group Boko Haram who have been responsible for dozens of attacks on Christian churches and clergy in recent months, appears to be behind a Christmas eve attack on two churches in Nigeria.
At least 12 people died in northern Nigeria when attackers raided two churches during Christmas Eve services, police said.
One assault occurred at the Church of Christ in Nations in Postikum, in Yobe province. Gunmen attacked worshipers during prayer, killing six people, including the pastor, and setting the building on fire
Worshipers also were attacked at the First Baptist Church in Maiduguri, in Borno state. A deacon and five church members were killed.
They were the latest strikes against Christians in the region. More than 30 people died in a wave of Christmas Day attacks in the north last year, blamed on Boko Haram, a militant group that has targeted Christians and Muslims it considered insufficiently Islamist.
In October, a report from Human Rights Watch also addressed violence in northern Nigeria, particularly from Boko Haram.
"Suspected members of the group have bombed or opened fire on worshipers in at least 18 churches across eight northern and central states since 2010. In Maiduguri, the group also forced Christian men to convert to Islam on penalty of death," it said.
It is not immediately known whether the group was behind the latest attacks.
The terrorists pulled off similar attacks on Chrstians last Christmas.
This begs the question; why can't the Nigerian government give the necessary security to Christians? It appears that the government of President Jonathan is making a good faith effort but is coming up short due more to lack of resources than a failure of will. Jonathan claims things will be better this year, and the Nigerian people - especially Christians - should hold him to that promise.