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Boko Haram: Islamic State’s African Ally, Murder 150 in Nigerian Mosques.

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Nearly 150 Killed in Suspected Boko Haram Attacks in Nigeria

 

Boko Haram, Daesh Affiliate in Nigeria.

While – rightly – marking our respect for the dead in Tunisia today we should remember these victims as well.

Nearly 150 Killed in Suspected Boko Haram Attacks in Nigeria.

Maiduguri, Nigeria (Agence France-Presse) Suspected Boko Haram militants have killed nearly 150 people in northeastern Nigerian villages, mowing down men and children while they prayed in mosques and shooting women preparing food at home, witnesses said on Thursday.

Dozens of militants stormed three remote villages in the flashpoint Borno state on Wednesday evening, setting houses ablaze in the bloodiest day of attacks by the extremist group since President Muhammadu Buhari came to power in May.

Gunmen killed at least 97 people in Kukawa, the worst-affected village, a local who gave his name as Kolo and who said he had counted the bodies told AFP.

“They wiped out the immediate family of my uncle… They killed his children, about five of them,” Kolo said.

A fisherman who witnessed the attack corroborated the death toll.

‘Victims as Young as Four’

Babami Alhaji Kolo, another witness in Kukawa who fled to the state capital Maiduguri, said more than 50 militants had stormed the village.

“The terrorists first descended on Muslim worshippers in various mosques who were observing the Maghrib prayer shortly after breaking their fast,” he said.

“They… opened fire on the worshippers who were mostly men and young children.

“They spared nobody. In fact, while some of the terrorists waited and set most of the corpses on fire, others proceeded to houses and shot indiscriminately at women who were preparing food,” he said.

Malami Abdulkareem, an Arabic teacher in Kukawa, said some of the victims were as young as four.

“The attackers did not spare even children between four and 12 years old who went to mosques with their fathers.

“I saw at least nine kids who were killed in two mosques,” he said.

A military source in Maiduguri, who refused to be named, confirmed the attack but could not yet give a death toll.

“The military responded with aerial bombardments on terrorist positions,” he said, without giving further details.

‘Volleys of Bullets’

In two other villages near the town of Monguno, meanwhile, gunmen killed 48 people and injured 11 others, local lawmaker Mohammed Tahir and witnesses told AFP.

“They selected particular male residents from among the crowd of worshippers… and opened fire on them before setting the two villages on fire and razing them to the ground,” Tahir said.

Another resident who managed to flee said the militants arrived in vans and on motorcycles.

“Many of us managed to escape amid volleys of bullets,” said the resident who asked not to be named for safety reasons.

Kukawa is around 50 kilometres (30 miles) away from the two villages near Monguno.

All three are located near Lake Chad, which straddles Nigeria, Niger, Chad and Cameroon and has been a focal point of the unrest.

Boko Haram had captured scores of towns and villages in the northeast last year, but has since been pushed back into hide-outs by a four-nation military offensive that kicked off in February.

Despite their territorial losses, the insurgents have kept up their deadly raids, explosions and suicide attacks on “soft” targets such as markets and mosques.

And the armed group has intensified its campaign of violence since Buhari came to power on May 29 vowing to crush the jihadists’ bloody uprising that has claimed at least 15,000 lives.

Since then, some 400 people have been killed in attacks blamed on the extremists, who have sworn allegiance to the Islamic State group, according to an AFP tally.

March 13th Reuters.

Islamic State leader accepts allegiance of Nigeria’s Boko Haram

The leader of the Islamic State militant group that controls tracts of Syria and Iraq has accepted a pledge of allegiance from Nigerian Islamists Boko Haram, his spokesman said, calling on supporters to fight in Africa.

Boko Haram, which has killed thousands and kidnapped hundreds during a six-year campaign to carve out an Islamist state in northern Nigeria, pledged its allegiance last week, highlighting increased coordination between jihadi movements across north Africa and the Middle East.

“Our caliph, God save him, has accepted the pledge of loyalty of our brothers of Boko Haram so we congratulate Muslims and our jihadi brothers in West Africa,” Islamic State spokesman Abu Mohammad al-Adnani said in an audio message, referring to his group’s leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi.

So far as we can tell the reaction of the Stop the War Coalition (StWC)  to Boko Harem centres on demands for no outside military intervention.

Last year they published this by Xavier Best:

Nigerian militant group Boko Haram has kidnapped over 200 schoolgirls and US policymakers and the “free press” have exploded into a fit of pro-interventionist hysteria. It’s hard to escape media reports about the ruthless cruelty of Boko Haram’s leader Abubakar Shekau and his vow to sell his hostages into slavery.

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It is widely conceded that the popular base of Boko Haram is a response to severe economic inequality that has disproportionately impacted Nigeria’s northern region. Unlike the south, Nigeria’s north faces severe problems meeting basic human needs of education, healthcare and clean water. Unemployment among young males in northern Nigeria “is in excess of 50 percent.”

Written by Andrew Coates

July 3, 2015 at 11:23 am

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  1. Reblogged this on Welcome To Motivatus.

    Joshua

    July 3, 2015 at 12:30 pm

  2. The arguments of those (like the SWP and its offshoots) who, ever since 9/11, have tried to argue that Islamism is not any kind of serious global threat and therefore comparisons with Nazism are ridiculous, are increasingly proven to be nonsense. I won’t even comment upon the belief (expressed by, amongst other Harman, Reese and German) that Islamism is essentially progressive …

    Jim Denham

    July 3, 2015 at 2:02 pm

  3. Whilst hearing the persistent, mosquito-like Stopper drone .. recall the cries about how the French intervention in Mali would backfire. How it was ALL because of the intervention in Libya. How it was ALL EVIL OUR FAULT BAD US FLAGELLATE FLAGELLATE.

    Funny how this news has been missed.

    Mali: Peace Deal Raises Hopes of Stability

    Tuareg rebels finally appear to be willing to sign the May peace accord. While the Malian population welcomes this as a step toward more security, it has little faith in the UN stabilization mission, MINUSMA.

    The new peace accord has been on the table for a while now. In fact, Mali’s government, international mediators and some armed groups already signed it on May 15, 2015, in the capital, Bamako.

    The agreement calls for the recognition of the government in Bamako; in return it gives the north of the country more rights.

    Representatives of a Tuareg-dominated alliance called the Coordination of Azawad Movements (CMA) have now agreed to sign the accord on Saturday (20.06.2015). Negotiations repeatedly failed in the past.

    http://allafrica.com/stories/201506200015.html

    The article quotes a survey expressing disappointment with the UN peacekeepers because “people thought the rebellion could be put down immediately and permanently.”

    Recall that Stopper ally Glenn Greenwald launched an anti-French tirade in the Graun at the time French troops were being welcomed to halt the Islamist advance.

    Gary Brecher wrote about his Twitter scrap with Greenwald at the time which ended with Greenwald saying that even if surveys showed Malians wanted the French troops he would still not support intervention. >
    https://www.nsfwcorp.com/dispatch/war-nerd-vs-greenwald/

    Will the Stoppers reflect that maybe they were wrong about Mali? That actually the Malians were right to ask for and get French help? Will they heck because the arrogant bastards know better than some black Africans – isn’t that the sum total of their worldview?

    Paul Canning

    July 3, 2015 at 2:37 pm

  4. “Nigerian militant group Boko Haram has kidnapped over 200 schoolgirls and US policymakers and the “free press” have exploded into a fit of pro-interventionist hysteria. It’s hard to escape media reports about the ruthless cruelty of Boko Haram’s leader Abubakar Shekau and his vow to sell his hostages into slavery.”

    Yes, those reports are tiresome and oppressive, aren’t they? Do we really need to hear about what Boko Haram are actually doing to innocent human beings when we could be discussing how those not-to-be-discussed things are simply a ‘response’ to economic inequality?

    I mean, what’s being murdered, mutilated or taken into slavery compared to REAL hardship? It’s not as if those civilians are suffering from Cameron’s austerity programme.

    The British left: concerned about sprained ankles, indifferent to amputated legs.

    Lamia

    July 3, 2015 at 3:31 pm

  5. Of course august publications like Socialist Worker and softly spoken websites like that of the StWC absolutely never indulge in ‘hysteria’ as these recent articles (taken at random) show:

    ‘Tories’ Prevent strategy pressures teachers to be against Muslims’

    http://socialistworker.co.uk/public/searchByCategory/1?searchTitle=News

    “The west normalised racist wars and thinks 1000lb bombs will solve Syria and Iraq”

    http://www.stopwar.org.uk/news/the-west-has-normalised-racist-wars-but-you-can-t-solve-complex-political-problems-with-1-000lb-bombs

    Andrew Coates

    July 3, 2015 at 4:38 pm

  6. […] Source: Boko Haram: Islamic State’s African Ally, Murder 150 in Nigerian Mosques. […]

  7. Just to add on Mali. As I have been poked to realise STWUK – meaning the righteous Corbyns and Lucas’ as well as all the rest – are just as damned by the apocalyptic damnation of the French paratroopers as Glenn Greenwald is.

    Will they be asked? I verily much doubt it.

    Seriously, where in the hustings is Corbyn being grilled about this? I AGREE we need an anti-austerity candidate – not that he should be treated like some effin hero.

    Paul Canning

    July 4, 2015 at 12:41 am

  8. WordPress calling me spam, again. Is it my dress, my hair? What?

    Paul Canning

    July 4, 2015 at 12:48 am


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