As noted below, Boko Haram’s choice of targets focuses primarily on practices or institutions that go against Sharia law. Here, there is no mention of whether there was any actual gambling at any card game, which would be haram, or if the games themselves were considered close enough. In any case, to attack what is described as a common form of recreation in the area only echoes the Ayatollah Khomeini, as Robert pointed out below. He is traveling this morning but asked me to repost Khomeini’s full statement:
“Allah did not create man so that he could have fun. The aim of creation was for mankind to be put to the test through hardship and prayer. An Islamic regime must be serious in every field. There are no jokes in Islam. There is no humor in Islam. There is no fun in Islam. There can be no fun and joy in whatever is serious.”
Suspected members of a radical Islamist sect which bombed Nigerian police headquarters on Sunday opened fire on a crowd of card players killing two in a northern city, a senior military officer said.
Two motorcycle-riding gunmen suspected of being members of Boko Haram pumped shots into a crowd of people playing cards outside a house in the city of Maiduguri and disappeared into alleyways, said the officer who did not want to be named.
“The group of men were playing cards under a tree outside a house when two men on a motorcycle believed to be Boko Haram members opened fire on them, killing two people and seriously injuring five others,” the officer told AFP….
The sect has staged attacks targeting government institutions, politicians, churches and beer drinking spots in what has become a low-level insurgency since last year. Dozens of people have been killed.
It’s becoming less and less “low-level” here of late.