after a Christmas 2011 church bombing near Abuja that killed several people, police
have arrested Habibu Bama, a Boko Haram terrorist accused in the bombing. The United
States only recently declared Boko Haram’s leaders terrorists, meaning their U.S.
assets will be frozen and contact with U.S. citizens is forbidden.
is also thought to be responsible for terrorist attacks against churches on
three consecutive Sundays in June in northern Nigeria, which is mainly Muslim. On
June 17, Boko Haram carried out coordinated bombings of several churches in
Kaduna, killing at least 54 and injuring hundreds. More than 100 others were
later killed in retaliatory violence.
A photo of one of the most recent attacks
has killed 560 people since the beginning of the year, according to the
Associated Press. At least 181 of those were Christians from churches in the
north. The head of the Christian Association of Nigeria suggested that the
attacks on Christians resembled “religious cleansing.”
Sources: BBC News,
Compass Direct News
Posted: June 28, 2012