Another day, another jihad attack for Boko Haram, the real name of which is the Party of the People of the Sunnah for Dawah and Jihad. Sunnah is Islamic tradition and accepted practice. Dawah is Islamic proselytizing. Thus this group states its motives and goals squarely in terms of Islam. Yet to examine and oppose those motives and goals, and to call upon Muslims who profess to be “moderate” to work to check the impulses in their communities that lead to the creation of such groups, would be “Islamophobic.” Such is the insanity of today’s public discourse, which itself is one of the reasons why jihad groups flourish today.
“Boko Haram Kills Eight In Fresh Adamawa Attack,” by Ugochukwu Onyeocha, Daily Times NG, April 30, 2014:
Gunmen suspected to be members of the Islamic insurgents, Boko Haram, killed no fewer than eight people in a gun attack in Kubla Village of Madagali Local Government Area of Adamawa State, where they set places of worship and residential houses ablaze during their raid.
Some residents of the affected village, who fled the area, said they were attacked by gunmen suspected to be Boko Haram members in the early hours of Tuesday.
“They used explosives during the attack on the churches and many people lost their lives,” villagers recounted, as one of the residents, who identified himself as Heldia Apogu said.
“I cannot actually say how many people were kill but I saw about six dead bodies being evacuated.”
Another resident claimed that some houses were also attacked by the gunmen who took some men as hostages.
“I saw some people crying, saying their relations had been taken away as hostages by the gunmen,” the resident, who craved anonymity, said.
Efforts to get military and police authorities comment on the incident did not yield result at
the time of filling this report but the Chairman of Madagali LG, James Abawu Watharda, said eight people lost their lives during the attack.
Watharda said soldiers have sealed up the area and were hunting for the fleeing attackers, adding that “eight people were killed and two churches, and some houses, were set ablaze by the attackers, while all the villagers have fled.”
Madagali Local Government is bordering Gwoza Local Government of Borno State, which has experienced series of insurgent attacks since the declaration of the state of emergency.