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together with members of their families and congregation hacked to death. In the wake of the post election violence that rocked the northern part of the country, 15 churches in Goza, Biu, Baya, Kwakwusa were torched and several Christians killed. Bellies of pregnant women were ripped open expelling unborn babies that were also beheaded. In November 2011, series of coordinated bombing and attacks in Damaturu, capital of the northern Nigerian state of Yobe killed more than 100 people, most of whom were Christians. On Easter Sunday a church in Kaduna, Nigeria, was targeted by a suicide bombing that killed 39 and wounded dozens. Two separate bomb explosions, in June 2011, planted at St. Patrick’s Catholic Cathedral Church29 caused extensive damages to all the structures within the church premises. 5 persons were killed, mainly passersby. The second explosion allegedly planted in a car was the most brutal ever recorded in the history of bombings in Maiduguri. In neighboring Bauchi state, burning of church buildings are also rife. The account by Mr. Mshelbara of the Emmanuel Anglican Church is instructive:

“A church program was underway at the time of the attack. But they (the congregation) were alerted, and they all escaped by jumping over the fence constructed around the church premises before Boko Haram members got there – you can see the destruction yourself,” Mshelbara said, pointing at the charred church building. Christians at the Deeper Life Bible Church in the Low-Cost Housing Estate area also escaped, he said. “Deeper Life members were holding an evening service, too, when the attack by Boko Haram was going on,” Mshelbara said. “They too were alerted, and they all escaped from the church before it was destroyed.” Peter Mgoni, secretary of the Geidam ECWA church, said the Muslims looted shops and churches before burning them. Source: http://www.christianity.com/news/religiontoday/11661133/page2/ Besides church burnings, the sect’s frequent house-to-house raids on Christian homes, mostly at night, end up in horrendous massacres. Daytime attacks on shops and business premises owned by Christians leave gory sights of grief and a number of fatalities in its trail. The recurrent church arsons and the mass killing of Christians, especially the tragedy in Madalla55 are widely perceived as a direct attack on Christianity, triggering diverse expressions of outrage and angst. Decrying the attacks, Chairman of the Christian Association of Nigeria, Bornu Chapter described the attacks as horrific acts of desecration and intolerance. The Kaduna State chapter of the Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN) has said that the continued attacks by the Boko Haram sect on Christians and churches across the Northern states, is a deliberate attempt to wipe out Christians from the region. Chairman of CAN in Kano State, Reverend Sam Kujiyat, in a statement described the attacks and killings of Christians in Bayero University, Kano as barbaric. In the same vein, strong statements issued by both diplomatic missions and foreign government representatives have also warned on the need to separate extremism from religion. Boko Haram has claimed 55

December 25, 2011 Christmas Day bombing in St Theresa’s Catholic Church, Madalla, Near Abuja, which killed 45 persons.

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