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Boko Haram Competing with ISIS: 100 Christians Burned Alive, Throats Slit in Massacre

Boko Haram Competing with ISIS: 100 Christians Burned Alive, Throats Slit in Massacre

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.

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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.

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“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.”

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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.

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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.

US sends surveillance planes to find girls, Nigeria weighs prisoner swap

US sends surveillance planes to find girls,  Nigeria weighs prisoner swap

Nigeria’s government said Monday it was weighing all options to secure the freedom of nearly 300 kidnapped schoolgirls, as their captors demanded the release of jailed militants and the U.S. deployed surveillance planes in hopes of finding the girls.

A Nigerian government statement said it would “continue to explore all options for the release and safe return of our girls back to their homes” after the release of a video by the Boko Haram terrorist network showing what it claimed were some of the schoolgirls kidnapped a month ago.

Nigerian girlsThe video showed about 100 girls, indicating they may have been broken up into smaller groups as some reports have indicated. Fifty-three girls managed to escape and 276 remain missing, according to Nigerian authorities.

Meanwhile, a senior U.S. official told Fox News the Pentagon has deployed military aircraft over Nigeria for manned intelligence and surveillance missions.

The U.S. has sent some 30 people drawn from the State and Defense departments. Among them are five State Department officials, two strategic communications experts, a civil security expert and a regional medical support officer. Four FBI officials with expertise in safe recovery, negotiations and preventing future kidnappings are also part of the group.

The Pentagon said 16 Defense Department personnel were on the team, including planners and advisers who were already in Nigeria and have been redirected to assist the government.

White House Press Secretary Jay Carney said at a press breifing Monday that the U.S. had experts in a variety of areas, including reconnaissance and surveillance, working on the case of the missing girls. However he said he did not have a “catalog” of the specific resources the experts were using.

The foreign help does not involve boots on the ground but rather experts in intelligence gathering, counter-terrorism and hostage negotiations.

French President Francois Hollande invited Jonathan and leaders from neighboring Benin, Chad, Cameroon and Niger, as well as representatives of Britain, the EU and the United States, to a summit on Saturday to focus on Boko Haram, terrorism and insecurity in West Africa.

A French official said Jonathan had agreed to attend. He spoke on condition of anonymity because details of the gathering have not been finalized.

U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said Said Djinnit, his special representative for West Africa, is in Abuja for meetings with the president and other officials on how the United Nations and its member states can help.

The girls’ families have said most of those seized April 15 from a school in the northeastern town of Chibok are Christians.

It was impossible to fully authenticate the video released on Monday, though parents were trying to turn on a generator in Chibok, hoping to watch the video and identify their daughters, said a town leader, Pogu Bitrus.

“There’s an atmosphere of hope — hope that these girls are alive, whether they have been forced to convert to Islam or not,” he told The Associated Press by telephone. “We want to be able to say, ‘These are our girls.'”

Bitrus said vegetation in the video looked like the Sambisa Forest, some 20 miles from Chibok, where the girls were believed to have been spirited away.

It is not known how many suspected Boko Haram members are detained by security forces. Hundreds were killed last month when leader Abubakar Shekau’s fighters stormed the military’s main northeastern barracks in Maiduguri, the terror group’s birthplace and the headquarters of a year-old military state of emergency to put down the 5-year-old Islamic uprising.

Interior Minister Abba Moro scoffed at Boko Haram’s demand to release prisoners late Monday, telling the BBC the group was in no moral position to make the offer.

“As far as this government is concerned, the option of [the] swap of innocent citizens with people who have taken arms against the country… is not on the table,” he said.

But Mike Omri, the director of Nigeria’s National Orientation Agency, told The Associated Press late Monday that the government will “use whatever kind of action” it takes to free the girls.

In a video last week, Shekau threatened to sell the girls into slavery. It arrived amid unverified reports that Christians among the students had been forced to convert to Islam and that some were taken to neighboring Cameroon and Chad, where they were forced to marry their abductors. Boko Haram means “Western education is sinful.”

The latest video, obtained by The Associated Press, came through channels that have provided previous messages from Shekau, who spoke in the video in the Hausa language of northern Nigeria. Wearing camouflage fatigues, he clutched an assault rifle in the footage, which was imprinted with the Boko Haram insignia — a Quran resting on two crossed assault rifles — and below a black jihadi flag.

The United States put a $7 million ransom on Shekau last year.

The mass abductions and failure of Nigeria’s government and military to rescue the girls has aroused outrage at home and abroad. Last week, Nigeria belatedly accepted offers of help from the United States, Britain and other nations.

US Sends Troops to Help Find Nigerian Girls

US Sends Troops to Help Find Nigerian Girls

About 10 counter-terror and intelligence specialists from AFRICOM will link up with 11 other troops previously assigned to the U.S. Embassy to form a team prepared to assist the Nigerian security forces in finding and rescuing the girls, Pentagon officials said.

Nigerian girlsMore than 200 girls aged 16-18 were abducted from their school in northeastern Nigeria on April 14. Army Col. Steve Warren, a Pentagon spokesman, said the formation of the team on the ground shows the Defense Department is “sharply focused on this horrific incident.”

The initial kidnappings of the girls failed to provoke international outrage. That changed when a video emerged earlier this week showing their grinning captor, Boko Haram leader Abubakar Shekau, boasting that he might sell the girls at auction.

At the opening of the World Economic Forum in Abuja, the Nigerian capital, President Goodluck Jonathan told the delegates attending under heavy security that he viewed the abductions as an opportunity to strike a blow at Boko Haram.

“I believe that the kidnap of these girls will be the beginning of the end of terrorism in Nigeria,” Jonathan told the forum meant to showcase business opportunities in Nigeria that has been overshadowed by the plight of the girls.

Jonathan thanked the U.S. and also Britain, France and China for offering help in the search.

US Military Special OperationsPentagon officials stressed that the U.S. military team was strictly advisory and barred from combat, but two veteran diplomats with long experience in the region questioned whether the Nigerians would listen to the advice.

“They believe that they have had a handle on the problem,” Johnnie Carson, the former African Affairs chief at the State Department, said of the Nigerians. “Time has shown that the problem has not gotten any better,” Carson said.

“In the past, the Nigerians have been reluctant to accept U.S. assistance” for their own internal political reasons, said John Campbell, the former U.S. Ambassador to Nigeria.

In a conference call with reporters sponsored by the Council on Foreign Relations, both Campbell and Carson said the emergence of Boko Haram in the north reflected deeper fissures in the Nigerian state that have been driven by mistrust between the mostly Muslim north and the Christian south.

In the efforts against Boko Haram, the response of the central government “has always been a security response, and that security response has been heavy-handed and very brutal,” Carson said.

The result has been that many people in the north view the Nigerian security forces as “just as predatory and disrespectful of their civil rights as Boko Haram has been,” Carson said.