Gunmen kill 44 at Nigeria mosque

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At least 44 worshippers have been shot dead at a mosque in northeast Nigeria, officials in Borno state say.


The killings took place during dawn prayers on Sunday morning, although news only emerged on Monday.

The attack occurred in the town of Konduga, 35km (22 miles) from the state capital Maiduguri.

The gunmen are suspected to be from the Islamist group Boko Haram, which has killed thousands in northern Nigeria since 2009.

Nigeria's Daily Post reported that a further 26 people were being treated for injuries in hospital in Maiduguri.

A member of a civilian vigilante group told the Associated Press that four of their number were killed when they responded to calls for help.

Twelve further civilians were killed at Ngom village, closer to Maiduguri, reports say.
 


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  1. “The BBC’s Will Ross, in Lagos, says that while the group has frequently attacked churches, it has also occasionally targeted mosques.”
    Hmm… Very interesting. But why exactly? Hoping to achieve what? Maybe the mosques in question are not orthodox enough? If anyone knows, please enlighten me.

    • In reply to #1 by Fouad Boussetta:

      “The BBC’s Will Ross, in Lagos, says that while the group has frequently attacked churches, it has also occasionally targeted mosques.”
      Hmm… Very interesting. But why exactly? Hoping to achieve what? Maybe the mosques in question are not orthodox enough? If anyone knows, please enlighten me.

      http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-africa-22538888

      According to this article they may be trying to eliminate moderate voices. The first mosque attack was last year, although the group did not comment on its actions.

  2. It seems the motive is the killers did not think those they killed were pure enough.

    You really cannot tolerate sects like that. Any sect that believes they must kill non-believers of their sect simply has to go.

    They should be treated like psychotic serial killers. The only difference is they have coalesced in groups.

      • In reply to #5 by QuestioningKat:

        In reply to #4 by Stafford Gordon:

        This doesn’t constitute news.

        At least not for here. It has nothing to do with science nor rational thinking. Irrational thinking, yes.

        It doesn’t constitute news anywhere. Muslim on muslim crime – murder and mayhem (sunni vs. chiite) has been going on for years in Irak, Lebanon and more recently Syria. The idea that fundamentalist islam is a united front against the “unbelievers of the west” is simply a myth.

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