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Boko Haram Slaughters Christians, Burns Villages Near Chibok Where 200 Schoolgirls Were Kidnapped

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Islamic radicals from the Boko Haram terror group in Nigeria have attacked and burned the villages of Kuburumbula and Boftari in the Chibok area, killing at least two Christians. The terrorists burned down homes and vandalized shops and a local market in the same area where 200 schoolgirls were kidnapped in 2014. The government is denying that anyone was killed. “For the second week in a row, we are mourning the loss of Christians in Nigeria who were murdered by Boko Haram militants. This string of attacks has us deeply concerned for the safety of our Christian brothers and sisters in the Chibok area of Nigeria’s northeast,” International Christian Concern‘s Regional Manager, William Stark, said in a statement.

Stark noted that Boko Haram’s new leadership under Abu Musab al-Barnawi has vowed to increase its attacks on Christians in recent weeks, which has sparked new worry among the Christian community. “They are living in fear,” he said of the Christians. “ICC applauds the Nigerian government for its persistence in fighting Boko Haram, but urges greater protection for the most vulnerable populations, especially Christians living in Nigeria’s northeast.” The Nigeria Army confirmed the attack in the Chibok area earlier this week, according to Premium Times.

Sani Usman, a spokesperson for the army, said that a manhunt is underway for the radicals. “Troops were eventually dispatched to the area with clear orders to pursue and deal with the terrorists. They are still exploiting,” Usman said. “The troops encountered Boko Haram terrorists ambush site shortly before Kuburmbula village. They quickly cleared the ambush and proceeded to Boftari. “Unfortunately, the terrorists had set some houses on fire and fled. The troops put out the fire and are currently on the hunt for the terrorists,” he added. Usman insisted that despite media reports, “no life was lost,” and the terrorists have been driven out.

– The Christian Post

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