Boko Haram burns more churches in NE Nigeria
Suspected members of the Islamist extremist group Boko Haram set fire to churches and border posts in north-eastern Nigeria on Sunday, residents said, but it was not immediately known if there were casualties.
Around 50 gunmen in cars and on motorcycles carried out the attacks on three churches and border posts with neighbouring Cameroon, opening fire on police and chanting Allahu Akbar, (God is Greatest), residents said.
Among the security posts burned were offices for immigration, customs and the secret police and a quarantine building in the city of Gamboru Ngala, about 140 kilometres (80 miles) from the Boko Haram stronghold in Maiduguri.
|When do the Christians in the region start fighting back? If the bad boys are on motorbikes just string some wire neck-high across the road. If the bad boys have guns, use your own guns and get into a good sniping position near the road. Let the bad boys know that if they come into your neighborhood to burn your church that they're going to die. You'll be amazed how quickly the bad boys go elsewhere.|
"The gunmen believed to be Boko Haram were around 50 in number and came in cars and on motorcycles around 8:30 am and attacked the security offices at the border posts, burning them," resident Modugana Ibrahim told AFP.
"They opened fire on the security personnel but it is hard to say if anybody was hurt or killed," Ibrahim said.
Another resident, Hamidu Ahmad, said the gunmen went into town "chanting 'Allahu Akbar' and burnt down the divisional police station and three churches".
Posted by: Steve White