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Published On: Fri, Jun 8th, 2012

Boko Haram at the center of the ongoing Islamic attacks on Christians

Jos, Nigeria is ground zero for a war against Christians and Christian leaders claim many more Christians have died at the hands of Muslim extremists than the 35 that the military reported thus far in May.

Nigeria Boko Haram attacks map

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A Reuters reporter is reported to personally have heard gunfire and explosions echoing through the remote city of Maiduguri, in Nigeria’s dry, dusty northeast as the battle with the Islamist group Boko Haram rips the country apart.

Sam Itodo recounts his experience during a Sunday attack which left 21 dead.

“The explosion killed and injured people who were close to the scene of the blast. I was lucky to escape because I was selling at my shop which was not very far from the church. There was confusion as residents and church-goers tried to flee. Because of panic induced by fear, some of them fell into the fire caused by the explosion”.

In a completely separate incident reported, a Compass reporter was among a group of journalists that came under attack from Islamic extremists this month.

Boko Haram, which wants to create an Islamic state in parts of Nigeria, has linked to hundreds of bomb and gun attacks on security forces and civilians over the past two years; therefore becoming the largest security threat in the country.

“Some suspected Boko Haram terrorists attempted to open fire on (security) operatives but could not succeed. We have so far shot dead 16 of the terrorists during a shoot out,” field operations officer for northeastern Borno state, Colonel Victor Ebhaleme, told Reuters by telephone.

All Africa details an attack in the Bauchi State where at least 20 people lost their lives while several others were injured during the attack at Yelwa Tudu area, by a lone bomber in a Honda Civic saloon car.

Compass also added that “in three local government areas in Plateau state, armed Fulani herdsmen attacked 15 Christian villages, killing and maiming Christians, destroying homes and leaving more than 1,000 villagers displaced”, referencing eye witnesses who testify that Muslim Fulani herdsmen are to blame and they are supplied and instigated by Islamic extremist groups.

This religious war appears to escalating and raging on, now challenging the local and state governments.

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