And maybe killing that many people will bring about paradise under Sharia. They keep trying, and it keeps not working. “Gunmen shoot police officers in flashpoint Nigerian city,” by Aminu Abubakar for Agence France-Presse, January 27:
Gunmen opened fire on a police station Friday and two officers were feared dead in the Nigerian city of Kano, where attacks claimed by Islamist group Boko Haram left 185 dead last week.
Boko Haram consistently attacks institutions, people, and practices that would stand in the way of their imposition of Sharia.
The latest attack occurred just before 7:00 pm, the start of a nighttime curfew in effect since last week’s attacks, residents said.
“Gunmen came on motorcycles and one all-terrain van and opened fire on the police station,” a resident said. “It was quite brief, lasting not more than five minutes … Two policemen lay in pools of blood.”
The resident said the officers appeared to have been killed, but their condition could not be immediately confirmed. Another resident reported gunshots but could not say whether any officers had been hit.
Both claimed they heard the gunmen shouting “Allahu Akbar.” […]
The purported head of Boko Haram said in an Internet message that he ordered the gun and bomb attacks that rocked Kano last week, the deadliest assault attributed to the shadowy group.
“We were responsible,” said Abubakar Muhammad Shekau in the audio message posted on YouTube. “I ordered it and I will give that order again and again. God gave us victory.”
The authenticity of the Hausa language message could not be independently verified but the photo appeared to match others said to be of the Boko Haram leader.
Jihad causes poverty:
The violence sparked fear in the city, the economic heart of Nigeria’s mainly Muslim north. […]
Boko Haram has previously said that it wants to create an Islamic state in Nigeria’s deeply impoverished north, and has charged the government with harassing Muslims and raiding Islamic schools….