Tuesday, July 10, 2012

Nigeria's Boko Haram claims responsibility for northern village attacks

ABUJA, July 10 (Xinhua) -- The dreaded Boko Haram sect known for carrying out various deadly attacks in the northern parts of Nigeria and the west African country's capital city Abuja on Tuesday claimed responsibility for the killing of over 90 villagers including two lawmakers of different levels in central north Plateau State last weekend.

In a statement made available to Xinhua, the sect said there is no going back in their decision to declare war on Christians and security agencies in the country.

Plateau State is situated in Nigeria's middle belt where the Muslim-dominated north and the Christian-majority south meet. It has seen years of ethnic tensions and is a major potential flashpoint ahead of the 2011 April presidential elections in the country.

"Like we said earlier, Christians in Nigeria should accept Islam, that is true religion, or they will never have peace. We do not regard them as trusted Christians as some illiterates are campaigning because it was Christians that first declared war on Muslims with the support of government," said the sect.

Members of the Boko Haram sect reiterated their aim and objective is to establish an Islamic kingdom in the country.

The sect also denied having anything to do with the newly appointed National Security Adviser (NSA) of Nigeria, Col. Sambo Dasuki, saying he never contacted any of its members.

"We heard the information going round that the new NSA has gotten means of reaching us for a dialogue, that is a new lie," it said.

At least 90 people were killed during attacks that started since Friday night on villages in Gashik District of Barkinladi local government area of Plateau State by Sunday afternoon, according to security sources and Xinhua reporters on ground.

A serving Nigerian senator Gyang Dantong, representing Plateau north and the majority leader of the State House of Assembly, Gyang Fulani were also killed in the attacks by the Boko Haram sect last Sunday.

2012-07-10 20:28:03

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