Nigerian Islamists kill 26 in two attacks: police

Wed May 21, 2014 12:00pm EDT

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MAIDUGURI, Nigeria, May 21 - Suspected Nigerian Islamist militants killed 26 people in two attacks on remote northeastern villages this week, demonstrating their ability to target civilians hours after a bomb killed 118 people in the central city of Jos, police said on Wednesday.

In one raid, militants opened fire on Alagarno village and razed several houses to the ground, killing 17 people overnight, a source at police headquarters told Reuters. The attack was barely 30 km (20 miles) from Chibok, from where Boko Haram Islamists abducted more than 200 schoolgirls last month.

In the other, men on motorbikes attacked the nearby village of Shawa, killing nine people on Monday.

There was no immediate claim of responsibility, but Boko Haram has either claimed or been blamed for scores of similar such attacks in the this part of Borno state, near the hilly border with Cameroon.

Violence by Boko Haram, an Islamist militant group fighting for the past five years to carve an Islamic state out of religiously-mixed Nigeria, has surged in the past two months.

Bomb attacks are growing more frequent and sophisticated, including two on the capital last month, and massacres of helpless villagers are an almost daily occurrence.

The Jos attack, if it was Boko Haram, showed the group's growing reach as it spreads outwards from its traditional heartland in the northeast. Though it was not the first attack in Jos, it was by far the deadliest.

(Reporting by Lanre Ola; Writing by Tim Cocks; Editing by Robin Pomeroy)

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Still waiting for the top Muslim clerics, the Imams, the Muftis, the Holiest of the Muslim Holymen to issue fatwas condemning these sorts of faith-based atrocities… their silence equals acquiescence, if not outright approval.

It’s quite obvious, Islam is a scourge upon humanity and must be eliminated… it is a grave threat to civilization itself.

May 20, 2014 10:13pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
C-Tech wrote:
Most of my life I would have never accepted genocide as ever being morally acceptable. But I’ve come to realize that there are more and more large groups of people which are so evil that it actually is morally acceptable to kill them all. It’s unfortunate, no doubt, but morally acceptable. Morally required, in fact.

How long are people going to cling to the naïve notion that diplomacy should always be the goal in today’s world? I’m not saying there are times diplomacy wouldn’t work. I’m saying there are times it shouldn’t even be tried. There are some people in this world whom, if they came to you with hand extended in seeming friendship, you should kill outright. It’s eventually going to be the only way to keep the rest of us safe.

We need to stop rewarding the actions of terrorists by continually trying to negotiate with them. Offering to give them things for killing innocent people. The world has drones and smart bombs which are used far too infrequently. We need to clean up the map. Now.

May 20, 2014 10:40pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
2Borknot2B wrote:
new_york_loner wrote: “Still waiting for the top Muslim clerics, the Imams, the Muftis, the Holiest of the Muslim Holymen to issue fatwas condemning these sorts of faith-based atrocities… their silence equals acquiescence, if not outright approval.” TRUE!!! L.

May 20, 2014 12:19am EDT  --  Report as abuse
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