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« on: Apr 16, 2014 03:23 PM »


Recently such killings done by Muslims have been coming up in my geography class - not in any way accusatory, just political facts. When we discuss why al-Qaeda, why Boko Haram, why xxx group does things like kill girls, trap them into marriages, kill children going to school - then sometimes I feel that there really is very little reason for people to believe Muslims when we say that our religion is one of peace, when so many groups' actions contradict that worldwide.


http://www.nydailynews.com/news/world/islamic-militants-kidnap-100-nigerian-schoolgirls-article-1.1757107


Armed men stormed a dormitory in northern Nigeria and made off with more than 100 schoolgirls, according to several reports.

The attackers descended on campus buildings in Borno state, rousting female students from their beds and ordering them into idling trucks, the BBC said.

At least 100 girls were taken. Earlier reports noted twice that number had been kidnapped, but the number was revised downward after scores of girls made it home.

"Three men came into our room and told us not to panic," a girl who escaped told the BBC. "We later found out they were among the attackers," said the student, who asked that her name not be used.

The girls were driven away in a convoy that later stopped because some of its trucks broke down.

Several students ran off, she said.

"We ran into the bush and waited until daybreak before we went back home," she said.

 An earlier strike this year by Boko Haram killed 59 students, all of them male. The boys died after extremists set fire to their dormitories.

The militant group, founded in 2002, is also considered responsible for Monday's bombings in Abuja, which killed 70 people.

Boko Haram opposes Western education and wants Nigeria to become an Islamic state.
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« Reply #1 on: Apr 17, 2014 02:31 AM »

All but 8 kidnap victims have been rescued.

NIGERIAN GOVERNMENT RESCUES ALL BUT 8 KIDNAPPED SCHOOLGIRLS, OFFICIAL SAYS

http://america.aljazeera.com/articles/2014/4/16/nigeria-kidnap-rescue.html

Nigerian forces have freed most of the more than 100 teenage schoolgirls abducted by rebels suspected to be from armed group Boko Haram, and were continuing the search for eight students still missing, Al Jazeera has confirmed.

In a brief statement sent to media, spokesman Major General Chris Olukolade said one of the "terrorists" involved in Monday's abduction of female students from the Chibok government secondary school in northeast Borno state had been captured. The number kidnapped might be as high as 129.

"With this development, the principal of the school has confirmed that only eight of the students are still missing," Olukolade said, adding that the rescue operation was continuing but not elaborating on how the government had rescued the students.

The mass abduction of schoolgirls aged between 15 and 18 has shocked Nigeria and highlighted how the Boko Haram insurgency has brought lawlessness to swaths of the arid, poor northeast, killing hundreds of people in recent months.

The school is not far from a rugged area of forest, hills and caves where military officials say Boko Haram has camps near the border with neighboring Cameroon. They have abducted girls in the past to be sex slaves for the fighters and to do camp work.

Boko Haram, which in the Hausa language broadly means "Western education is sinful,” has previously attacked several schools as symbols of secular authority, killing pupils and teachers, as well as Christian churches and Nigerian state targets such as police, army and government offices.

The group seeks to establish a state ruled by Islamic law in the predominantly Muslim region of northern Nigeria.

Earlier, officials said the Boko Haram raiders had duped the schoolgirls into thinking they were soldiers come to protect them before abducting them. A few of the girls later escaped.

"When we saw these gunmen, we thought they were soldiers, they told all of us to come and walk to the gates, we followed their instructions," 18-year-old Godiya Isaiah, who managed to flee from her abductors, told Reuters.

But when the armed men started ransacking the school stores and set fire to the building, the terrified girls being herded at gunpoint into vehicles realized they were being kidnapped.

"We were crying," Isaiah said, recounting how she later jumped from a truck and ran away to hide in the bush. Other girls were packed into a bus and some pick-ups.

The kidnappings occurred the same day a bomb blast killed 75 people on the edge of the capital Abuja, stirring fears of violence spreading from the north of Africa's chief oil producer and most populous nation.

No one has claimed responsibility for the abduction or for the rush hour bomb blast on Abuja's outskirts, which put the capital on alert around three weeks before the central city was due to host a high-profile World Economic Forum on Africa.

But President Goodluck Jonathan has pointed the finger of suspicion for the bombing at Boko Haram, bringing home to Nigerians in the centrally-located capital that the insurrection ravaging poorer states hundreds of miles to the northeast could also strike much closer to home.

According to his spokesman, Jonathan, who had ordered the military to secure the release of all the missing girls, had called a meeting of his National Security Council for Thursday to review the security situation in the country.

With elections due in February, Jonathan is under intense pressure to contain the Boko Haram group and curb communal sectarian violence in Nigeria's center-north, which badly tarnish the West African state's newly acquired status as the largest economy on the continent.

Al Jazeera and Reuters
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« Reply #2 on: Apr 17, 2014 05:56 AM »

I pray the remaining girls would soon be rescued as well. There are however many more whom were abducted few weeks ago and nothing has been said regarding their release.

The situation is really horrific in Nigeria. Any person you talk to, especially in the North, is full of fear where next would be the target of these militants. The carnage is no longer confined to the North East. It is expanding to the whole North. The major challenge now is that, it is difficult to know who is actually carrying out all attacks, because we have many mischievous groups, being tribal or political, who are hiding under the Boko Haram name to carry out their evil acts. A problem that's rubbing more salt into the wound is our religious and tribal intolerance (a problem common to most African countries) and ulamas and pastors do nothing on guiding people towards loving each other as humanity.

It is indeed sad that Boko Horam and other terrorist groups claim Islam to be their inspiration making it difficult for us to convince others about the beauty of the religion. This calls for more effort from us to present the true Islam to the world. Guidance is however in the hand of The Almighty, those who really desire to know the truth would be able to see beyond the darkness. May Allah safeguard our Iman.

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« Reply #3 on: Apr 17, 2014 07:17 PM »

As-Salaamu` alaykum,
Well, the problem with Third World countries is that you often find a revolution overthrows the government and the people who initiated the revolution had the best intentions.

They want—eventually, they want to do away with corruption; they want the best for their country. However, the moment they get into power, the latent ego/nafs in them, comes up and they repeat the same dysfunction that they wanted to do away with.

It's a vicious cycle, May Allah guide them.

But then again Allah says, "Verily never will Allah change the condition of a people until they change it themselves (with their own souls). (Qur'an 13;11)

W`salam.

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« Reply #4 on: Apr 18, 2014 02:25 AM »

Sooooo .... now the military is denying that the kidnapped students have (mostly) been rescued.

Nigerian military retracts claim that nearly all abducted students were released
By Aminu Abubakar, Faith Karimi, and Steve Almasy CNN
updated 5:43 PM EDT, Thu April 17, 2014

http://www.cnn.com/2014/04/17/world/africa/nigeria-abducted-girls/index.html?hpt=iaf_c1

Kano, Nigeria (CNN) -- In an embarrassing blow to its perception from an increasingly skeptical public, the Nigerian military retracted Thursday a report that nearly all the 129 girls kidnapped this week from a school by suspected Boko Haram militants had been released.
Just hours after one of the parents of an abducted girl claimed the Defense Ministry had lied Wednesday about all but eight girls finding freedom, the military issued a statement from the director of defense information that the initial report was "not intended to deceive the public."
Maj. Gen. Chris Olukolade's statement didn't indicate how many of the girls were unaccounted for as of Thursday.
It said only: "The number of those still missing is not the issue now as the life of every Nigerian is very precious."
Distraught parents have waited for news for four days, putting their faith in a military rescue, said Lawan Zanna, father of one of the students.
 Boko Haram 'increasingly monstrous' Up to 200 girls kidnapped by terrorists Explosion kills dozens in Nigeria
They feel "shock and disbelief" that the government resorted to "blatant propaganda" and a "blatant lie." Parents now wonder if the military is even trying to rescue their children, he said.
Olukolade said the military received a "major breakthrough" report from a reliable source that supposedly included information from the principal at the school from which the students were taken Monday night by gunmen.
But the principal denied having done so. "I never made that claim to anybody," said Asabe Kwambura, principal of Government Girls Secondary School in the northeastern town of Chibok.
"A total of 14 out of the 129 students taken away managed to escape and the rest are still being held by their captors," Kwambura said.
Olukolade called the discovery of the misinformation an "unfortunate development indeed."
Musa Inuwa Kubo, the Borno state education commissioner, said Thursday that 30 students had come home.
But the principal and Zanna each put the number at 14. Three girls escaped their captors Wednesday and were returned home by herdsmen, Zanna said. Some other girls escaped from a broken truck as the abductors stopped, he said.
The military said "ongoing frantic efforts" of security forces, vigilante groups and hunters are attempting to find and free the students.
Rescue teams, aided by surveillance helicopters, were moving deeper into the vast forest that extends into neighboring Cameroon and other states in the region, Ali Ndume, a senator representing southern Borno state, said Wednesday.
A broken-down truck believed to have been part of the kidnappers' convoy was found at the edge of the forest, which suggests the abductors took their hostages into the woods on foot, he added.
The incident began Monday night, when militants engaged in a gunbattle with guards at the boarding school, and then herded the students onto vehicles and drove off, authorities said.
"They left with us in a convoy into the bush," said one girl who escaped, but, citing security concerns, declined to identify herself. "A group of motorcyclists flanked the convoy to ensure none of us escaped."
When a truck broke down, the girls inside were transferred to another truck and the broken one was set afire, the girl said.
Another vehicle then broke down and, as the men tried to fix it, "some of us jumped out of the vehicles and ran into the bush," she said. "We later found our way back to Chibok."
Boko Haram means "Western education is sin" in the local Hausa language. The Islamist militant group is waging a campaign of violence in northeastern Nigeria, particularly in Borno, Yobe and Adamawa states.
The militant group has bombed schools, churches and mosques; kidnapped women and children; and assassinated politicians and religious leaders alike. Human Rights Watch says more than 3,000 people have been killed in Boko Haram-related violence in the past five years.
Armed militant groups in Nigeria's northeastern region are nothing new, but Boko Haram has taken the violence to unprecedented levels since 2009.
In early March, Borno closed its 85 secondary schools and sent more than 120,000 students home after increasing attacks by the group. Chibok is in Borno state.
Borno is one of three states under a state of emergency since mid-May.
UNICEF has called for the girls' "immediate and unconditional release."
The agency "is deeply concerned about the persistent trend of attacks on schools in Nigeria," UNICEF Regional Director Manuel Fontaine said. "Most recently, unidentified gunmen killed 53 children between 13 and 17 years old at the Federal Government College, Buni Yadi, Yobe State, in February."
British Foreign Secretary William Hague was among the world leaders condemning the kidnappings. "We stand ready to provide assistance to help the Nigerian government ensure that these children can be returned to their families in safety, and to bring to justice those responsible" for the "cowardly act," he said.
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« Reply #5 on: Apr 18, 2014 04:42 AM »

Very unfortunate that our government seems to be playing politics when innocent children's' lives are at stake. We woke up to the news yesterday as the state governor and the principal of the school confirmed to the news agencies that no girl was rescued by the military. The good thing is that this time, the military have accepted their mistake, which they seldom do in the past. I pray they would rescue all the girls soon.

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