The moral calculus of Boko Haram, the Congregation of the People of the Sunnah for Dawah and Jihad, is easy to parse: working in or frequenting a brothel is un-Islamic, but blowing up a brothel and murdering ten people is pleasing to Allah. But where did they get this idea? Could it have been from their holy book, which commands them to kill those who wage war against Allah and his messenger (Qur’an 5:33) — thereby creating an environment in which the murder of sinners is thought to be righteous?
An explosion at a brothel in Bauchi, north-east Nigeria, has killed 10 people and wounded 14 others, according to police.
“The entire building has been cordoned off and the scene secured. No arrest has been made but an investigation has commenced to ascertain the cause,” said Bauchi state police spokesman Haruna Mohammed.
Mohammed added that 14 people were rushed to hospital following the blast at the People’s Hotel brothel in the Bayangari area of the city.
No group has yet claimed responsibility for the blast but Boko Haram has targeted spots in northern Nigerian cities considered “un-Islamic” such as brothels and bars.
Bauchi straddles Nigeria’s “Middle Belt” where the Christian south and Muslim north collide. The region has seen fewer attacks than Boko Haram’s north-eastern heartland but blasts have previously struck the city of Jos.
Last month, dozens were killed in an explosion at a packed open-air venue in the city while a twin car bomb attack killed at least 130 people at the city’s busy marketplace.
The group, which wants to create an Islamic caliphate within Nigeria, kidnapped more than 200 schoolgirls in April in the village of Chibok, bringing global attention to the west African nation’s fight against terrorism….