Sunday, October 28. A suicide car bomber loaded with explosives drove into the crowded St. Rita Catholic Church during Sunday mass killing at least 8 people and injuring more than 100 people. The incident happened in a mixed religious neighborhood of Kaduna, Nigeria. It is suspected that the Islamist group Boko Haram is behind the attack, but haven’t yet claimed responsibility for this incident.
Boko Haram has been responsible for previous deadly attacks against Christian Churches as well as civilian and military targets. This October has seen a spree of attacks, in the northeastern city of Postiskum where three days of violence left at least 30 people killed.Boko Haram has been blamed of looting, burning property, shooting and slaying people in Postikum, a commercial city of Yobe State.
During the past year the attacks against Christian Churches have intensified. Boko Haram has targeted Christian Churches, leaving hundreds of people injured and dozens dead. Boko Haram has stated its intention to establish an Islamist government in Nigeria and taking control of the oil of Southern Nigeria. This terrorist group demands that Sharia law be implemented in Nigeria, and the release of its jailed militant allies.
Joint Military Task Force spokesman, Lt. Col. Sagir Musa said before this attack, that Boko Haram had planned to attack in the North during Eid el-kabir. Lt. Col. Musa also said that Boko Haram is receiving support from foreign terrorist organizations to plan and carry out their attacks against military and civilian targets:
Information available to the Joint Task Force indicates that the Boko Haram terrorists are planning to launch massive attacks on military and civilian targets in Borno State before, during and after the forthcoming Sallah celebrations.
It is believed that Boko Haram is getting support and training from Al-Qaeda and its allies in the Islamic Maghreb, in northern Mali. Hundreds of Christians are fleeing their mixed neighbors in the middle belt where the Islamic North and the Christian South meet, for fear of violence that security forces are unable to contain. Boko Haram terrorist attacks have left more than 3,000 dead since 2009. Dozens of people have been injured and killed in riots and violent incidents between Muslims and Christians in retaliation for the attacks on Christian churches and civilians.
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