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Nigerian jihad escalates

An update to this story that Esmerelda posted yesterday.  First, from

Islamic Extremists Kill Pastor, Raze Churches in Nigeria

International Christian Concern (ICC) has learned that Islamic extremists killed a pastor and razed five churches in the city of Maiduguri, Nigeria, on July 27.  The extremists also attacked two churches in the Nigerian city of Potiskum.

Yakubu Sabo, a husband and father of seven, was hacked to death with a machete by members of a violent Islamic militant group known as Boko Haram (which means "education is prohibited").  Sabo pastored a Church of Christ congregation in Maiduguri.

And according to in Pakistan, the death toll in Nigeria has topped 300:

Nigeria clashes rage as death toll tops 300

MAIDUGURI (Nigeria): Troops struggled to crush an Islamist group in northern Nigeria on Wednesday as the death toll from four days of clashes surged past 300 and thousands of people were forced to flee their homes.

Police sources said fighting was concentrated in Maiduguri city, the base of the self-styled ‘Nigerian Taliban’. President Umaru Yar’Adua has ordered the armed forces to crush the militants ‘once and for all’.

But fresh clashes were also reported elsewhere, including Yobe state where police said 43 people were killed on Wednesday.


Another police source said that fighting centred around five neighbourhoods and was at its most intense in Bayan Quarters where the group’s leader Mohammed Yusuf was based.

Yusuf’s home was shelled by forces on Tuesday evening but he appeared to have escaped. ‘The house and a mosque have been pulverised and reduced to rubble,’ the source said.

He said the offensive to crush the militants was likely to take longer than previously thought. ‘To be honest with you I don’t think the campaign will be finished within the next day or two,’ he said.


A tally of the police figures from violence shows that at least 304 people are known to have died.

A brief phone conversation with one of the Taliban leaders, Aminu Tashen-Ilimi, was punctuated by the sounds of heavy shelling in the background.

‘Don’t you know we are being bombarded, how can I speak to you in this situation?’ he said.

Muslims are the eternal innocent victims, in their own twisted minds.

Nigeria will find that the campaign will not be finished in the next day or two, or the next week or two, or the next year or two.  Military attacks can temporarily diminish the threat of jihad attacks, but the long-term solution to jihad will never be military in nature.  Instead, what is required is a recognition of the motivation for jihad, the teachings contained in the holy, holy Qur'an.   Once that crucial initial step is taken, the corollary steps will fall into place.  But the Nigerian government has not taken that initial step, nor has any government in Europe, or North America, or anywhere else in the world.  The results of that failure are as horrific as they are predictable.