Nigerian Military Kills Boko Haram Rebels in Aggressive Attack
January 3, 2013 | Posted by
The Christmas attacks were condemned from Vatican City, where Pope Benedict XVI referred to them during his traditional Christmas message as “savage acts of terrorism.”
One assault occurred at the Church of Christ in Nations in Postikum, in Yobe province, where an unnamed gunman attacked worshippers during prayer, killing six people, including the pastor and setting the building on fire. Another attack was at the First Baptist Church in Maiduguri in Borno state, where a deacon and five church members were killed.
Six days after the Christmas attacks, suspected Boko Haram fighters killed at least 15 Christian worshippers, in some cases slitting their throats.
The nation’s Joint Task Force Operation Restore Order engaged Boko Haram in an afternoon gunfight in Maiduguri, according to spokesman Sagir Musa.
The task force called Boko Haram attacks going back to July 2012 “incessant callous, brutal, barbaric and impious killings.”
According to Human Rights Watch, Boko Haram has thus far killed more than 2,800 people in Nigeria.