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JOS, Nigeria (Morning Star News) – Islamic extremists from Boko Haram killed 11 people and kidnapped 20 women as they attacked predominantly Christian Lassa in northeastern Nigeria state last week, the third town a three weeks that the terrorist group claims as part of its caliphate.
The Boko Haram insurgents, who seek to impose sharia (Islamic law) throughout Nigeria, invaded Lassa in southern Borno state on Wednesday (Dec. 3), sources said. Survivors who escaped the carnage and arrived at Jos told Morning Star News that the Boko Haram gunmen initially stormed the town on Nov. 29 but were repelled, then returned on Wednesday, destroying church buildings and homes.
“As it is now, Boko Haram is fully in charge in Lassa town and has declared the town a caliphate,” one of the escapees from Lassa told Morning Star News. He declined to give his name, saying, “It is no longer safe for us to tell you our names, as doing so may pose a serious threat not only to us but also our relations who are still being held captive by Boko Haram members.”
|"Praise Allah, now you are good infidels."|
Church buildings destroyed in Lassa, in the Askira-Uba Local Government Area, include that of the Church of the Brethren in Nigeria (EYN), the largest denomination in Borno state.
In Shani, also in Borno state, Boko Haram militants began an attack on Nov. 29 after taking control of Chibok on Nov. 14, forcing hundreds of thousands of people to flee the predominantly Christian towns. The Nigerian military announced that it had retaken Chibok with the help of vigilantes on Nov. 16, but residents insist that Boko Haram gunmen are still in control of the town.
Boko Haram has declared all three towns part of an Islamic caliphate, with captured Christians either killed or forced to embrace Islam, survivors told Morning Star News.
In the predominantly Christian town of Shani, Boko Haram killed scores of people as thousands of others fled, survivors from the area said.
“Some Boko Haram gunmen attacked our town at about 8 p.m. on Saturday [Nov. 29] and killed many of our people,” said one Christian survivor. “They set fire on churches and burned down our houses.”
The Boko Haram gunmen arrived on motorcycles and were armed with AK-47 rifles, he said.
“They also brought Improvised Explosive Devices and petrol bombs, which they used in attacking our town,” he said.
Another resident of Shani who escaped said he saw more than 30 armed Boko Haram gunmen invade.
“They bombed houses and shot those fleeing from them,” he said. “They burned down our churches, and dead bodies of our people killed were littered all over.”
Boko Haram has attacked Shani twice before in the past year.
Regarding Chibok, the Rev. Enoch Mark, an area pastor who has fled, told Morning Star News on Saturday (Dec. 6) that Boko Haram gunmen have retaken the town where more than 300 high school girls were kidnapped earlier this year.Read More . . . .
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