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Islamist militants vow to bomb Nigerian refineries

02.21.2014  | 

“You will in the coming days see your refineries you’re boasting about bombed,” Abubakar Shekau, the leader of Boko Haram, said in addressing residents of the oil-rich Niger River delta.

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By GBENGA AKINGBULE
Bloomberg

The leader of Nigeria’s main Islamist militant group threatened to attack oil refineries and schools in the West African nation’s mainly Christian south.

“You will in the coming days see your refineries you’re boasting about bombed,” Abubakar Shekau, the leader of Boko Haram, said in the local Hausa language, addressing residents of the oil-rich Niger River delta in a video released to reporters in the northeastern city of Maiduguri. “Our refinery is Allah.”

Boko Haram fighters will extend their attacks beyond Borno, Yobe and Adamawa, the three northeastern states where President Goodluck Jonathan declared emergency rule last year to combat the insurgents, Shekau said.

The group is “fighting Christians wherever we meet them and those who believe in democracy, those who pursue Western education,” he said.

Boko Haram, which means “Western education is a sin,” is fighting to impose Shariah, or Islamic law, in Africa’s biggest oil producer, whose 170 million population is roughly split between Christians, mainly in the south, and Muslims, mostly in the north. The US Department designated Boko Haram a “terrorist” organization in November.

At least 47 people were killed by suspected Boko Haram Islamists in the northeastern town of Bama this week, a police official said. Bama is 130 kilometers (81 miles) from Maiduguri, the Borno state capital.



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Mark
02.25.2014

Islamic extremists are very dangerous people. Peaceful coexistence with them isn't a viable option. There is no effective way to negotiate with them. They are on an evil mission that has been drummed into their heads since they were born. Attempting to buy their friendship with foreign aid is not just a waste of money, it provides funding for their evil missions.

ogundele
02.25.2014

I am sure these idiots are just thugs & crooks who black mail for money & are being used by politicians. They use the name of Islam as cover up and nothing. I am 100% sure these guys do not follow or even know the basic principles of Islam like prayer, fasting, charity etc. The other thing is that shariat law is not very different from western laws except for some harsh punishments. Maybe govt start should punishing these terrorists according to shariat

Bon
02.24.2014

Nigeria is made up of nations that need to go their seperate ways. Killing people in the name of God these animals have never seen or even know whether their allah ever existed is to say the least begging for war. War they will get eventually but for humanity sake let us divide this good for nothing country. Stupid boko sheet.

JON
02.24.2014

Boko Haram is a cancer. It does not represent Islam and what it teaches. It is nothing but a terrorist organisation headed by jobless dessidents.

Michael Dane
02.21.2014

.. just kill this guy before he murders children. UN your are less than worthless.

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