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… Why we struck in Jos, Gombe -Boko Haram

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From Mustapha Isah Kwaru, Maiduguri


The Jama’atu Ahlis Sunnah Lid Da’wati Wal Jihad, otherwise known Boko Haram has claimed responsibility for yesterday’s suicide bomb attack on the Church of Christ in Nigeria (COCIN) in Jos, the plateau state capital saying it was meant to “avenge” the killings of several Muslims by the Christians there.

Speaking to newsmen in telephone conference in Maiduguri, the Borno state capital yesterday, spokesman for the group Abul Qaqa warned that the sect would carry out many of such attacks until Christians stopped their alleged atrocities against Muslims.

The spokesman also said the sect was behind the recent coordinated attacks on police formations and prison in Gombe in response “to the abuse of the Holy Qur’an allegedly perpetrated by some security operatives.”

According to him, the prison attack was purposely launched to free some Muslims who were detained there for staging peaceful protest against the mutilation of the Holy Qur’an.

Similarly, the group claimed responsibility for the latest attack in a mosque in Kano which claimed the lives five worshipers, saying the victims were targeted for leaking information to the security agents that led to the arrest of its members there.

He said: “People felt that we had erred for attacking fellow Muslim brothers inside a mosque, this assertion was very wrong and we have no regret for our action because those we killed are enemies of Islam for conspiring with security personnel to expose us. So those accusing us of shedding blood of innocent Muslims brothers should blame the victims for the insincerity they displayed against Islam as our decision to eliminate them was justifiable”.

Qaqa also said the recent burning of a primary school in Maiduguri was the handiwork of the sect for an alleged abuse of the Qur’an and massive arrest of teachers of various Qur’anic schools by some soldiers.

He emphasized that the aim was not to kill the pupils and their teachers, but that it was a warning to the government that the sect would frustrate the progress of western education if Islamic schools and Muslim’s Holy book were abused.



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