Militant Islamist group Boko Haram has followed up its declaration of “war” on Christians in Nigeria with a threat to kidnap Christian women as part of its latest “campaign of terror”.
“We are going to put into action new efforts to strike fear into the Christians of the power of Islam by kidnapping their women.”
Boko Haram, which has been fighting to establish an Islamic state in Northern Nigeria since 2009, has stepped up since Christmas its efforts to drive Christians out of the region.
The spokesman said:
“We will create so much effort to end the Christian presence in our push to have a proper Islamic state that the Christians won’t be able to stay.”The Christian community has been targeted in a series of church bombings and attacks on individuals this year; the violence is having the intended effect of driving Christians from the North. Many are heading to the mainly Christian South, while others are crossing the border into Cameroon.