Boko Haram militants have killed more Christians and kidnapped about 20 girls in a Christian city of Nigeria.
According to media reports, Boko Haram militants killed at least 11 people and kidnapped 20 females out of those kidnapped were mostly children. This wave of attacks comes as an effort to establish an Islamic caliphate in the predominantly Christian city of Lassa, Borno State in Nigeria. Boko Haram invaded Lassa on December 3, with an intention of imposing sharia law throughout Nigeria.
According to the survivors from Lassa, the Boko Haram militanats insurgents previously invaded the town on November 29 but were repelled at that time, they attacked a second time on Wednesday heavily armed with tanks and explosives, and destroyed the church buildings and homes. One of the escapees said, “As it is now, Boko Haram is fully in charge in Lassa town and has declared the town a caliphate.”
The Church buildings destroyed in the Askira-Uba Local Government Area, include that of the Church of the Brethren in Nigeria (EYN), the largest denomination in Borno state.
Daniel Ibrahim, a survivor who escaped the massacre, told an international news agency that many of those killed were elderly, and those abducted were mostly young girls. “They abducted more than 20 girls from our town and killed many people, mostly old men and women. They burnt almost half of the town before they left. Those of us who were lucky fled, but they massacred aged ones and younger men they could catch. “That’s why the town is now in the hands of Boko Haram,” he added.
Nigeria’s Christians make up 51.3 percent of total Nigerian population of 158.2 million, while Muslims account for 45 percent.