Confiscated weapons are displayed after a military raid on a hideout of suspected Islamist Boko Haram members in Nigeria's northern city of Kano Aug. 11. Archbishop Ignatius Kaigama of Jos has asked for international help to stop terrorism, after a Catho lic church, an elementary school and a police station in Damagun were attacked Aug. 20, presumably by Boko Haram members.
Catholic News Service
The Nigerian bishops called for the international community to help the country stop the “fundamentalist, fanatic” Boko Haram terrorist group.
The day after a Catholic church, an elementary school and a police station in Damagun were attacked, presumably by Boko Haram members, Archbishop Ignatius Ayau Kaigama of Jos told Vatican Radio: “There is high religious tension in Nigeria, but we are not at war between Christians and Muslims. The Boko Haram is at war with Christians, because they have vowed they will kill Christians because they are ‘infidels.’ This is a fact, but it is not the whole Islamic community.”
In its two-year campaign to impose a strict interpretation of Islamic law on the entire country, Boko Haram has been blamed for more than 1,400 deaths of Christians, Muslims and police officers.
The majority of people in the North are Muslim, while the majority of people in the South are Christian.