Boko Haram Competing with ISIS: 100 Christians Burned Alive, Throats Slit in Massacre
At lest 100 Christians have reportedly been butchered by Islamic terrorists during a bloody massacre in the town of Gwoza, Nigeria.
The attack took place on August 6th, when Boko Haram insurgents stormed the predominantly Christian town of more than 276,000 people.
Civilians suffered their town being burned, bombed, and ransacked as the heavily armed Muslim group swept through. Anyone who stood in the way were slaughtered in the most horrific ways:
The full magnitude of the attack and the Nigerian military response was unknown as most sources have been forced to flee to Cameroon or Adamawa state, but on the initial day of the assault Pirda Tada, a Christian resident of Saha village, told Morning Star News that Boko Haram gunmen arrived in Toyota Hilux vehicles and motorcycles and attacked houses with Improvised Explosive Devices (IEDs) and fuel-bombs.
“I thank God for sparing my life, but three of my neighbors and members of our church were killed during the attack,” Tada said. “These Christians in our village had their throats slit with knives while their hands were tied behind their backs. Some houses were bombed as the Boko Haram gunmen were chanting, ‘God is great!’ in Arabic.”
Six Christians were killed at Saha village, and the insurgents destroyed houses and shops and burned the Church of Christ in Nations (COCIN) building in Pegi Barawa village, Tada said. Boko Haram rebels on July 19 had attacked Saha and Pegi Barawa village, near Gwoza; six Christians were reported to have been killed in Saha village.
John Gula, a leader in the Christian community in Gwoza, told Morning Star News by phone that 42 Christians were killed at Attagara village; 24 in Agajara; four in Angurva; 20 in Agapalwa; one in Amuda; three in Alavawa; 13 in Chinene; three in Arboko; one in Ashigashiya; and one in Ngoshe.
It is estimated that more than 300,000 Christians have been displaced from the greater area, forcing many to flee to neighboring Cameroon.
Homes, businesses, and churches were bombed and burned as a warning to Christian residents to convert to Islam and submit to Sharia law.
Boko Haram, much like ISIS, seeks to overtake one town at a time until the entire nation of Nigeria is under Islamic rule. Once a city is captured by insurgent forces, Islamists implement Sharia law, which requires even non-Muslims to follow Quranic laws. Dimmis, non-Muslims in Muslim countries, will be forced to pay a high tax for remaining a non-Muslim in an Islamic state, if they are allowed to live at all.
Boko Haram proved they haven’t forgotten about Gwoza refugees who got away, sending a startling message of their intentions:
“You have been fleeing your homes, but we are still pursuing you, because the soldiers with you people cannot protect you,” the letter reads. “Your lives, farmlands and other property are also not safeguarded. Allah willing, we shall not fail to attack your communities and the listed churches in this letter.”
With relentless attacks from Hamas in Gaza and countless innocents slaughtered by ISIS in Iraq, the world will continue to see massacres as in Gwoza as Islamists across the globe become motivated by the jihads.