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Jihadists torch churches in Nigeria

Four churches were burned in Nigeria’s Borno State in an attack suspected to have been committed by members of the jihadist group Boko Haram. Borno state is one of the three northern states of Nigeria where a state of emergency has been imposed. A group of armed men with improvised explosive devices and petrol bombs attacked the Hwa'a, Kunde, Gathahure and Gjigga communities on Gwoza Hills, burning the 4 churches, raiding and looting cattle and grain reserves belonging to the population.
The Archbishop of Jos and President of the Catholic Bishops' Conference of Nigeria, Ignatius Ayau Kaigama told FIDES news agency that although the atrocities may have been committed a couple of days ago, there is no precise information and the news is just being known now because all communications have been cut off with the areas affected by military operations. Archbishop Kaigama went on to explain that the military activities have made it impossible to even get in touch with the Bishop of Maiduguri, the area where the incident took place.
Despite this episode, the Archbishop said that "the operation of the Nigerian army and the imposition of the State of emergency has made the population feel better and safer."
Analysts are clear about the fact that Boko Haram is must be working with jihadist groups expelled from Mali. And Archbishop Kaigama hopes that since "Boko Haram is a regional issue the problem it poses could be resolved with a regional approach". "We are paying the price of terrible negligence on behalf of our intelligence and our police forces who did not deal with the phenomenon in time. Now we need to bring together the resources of Nigeria, Niger and Mali to address the threat of jihadist groups Kaigama told FIDES and concluded that he was hopeful the jihadists will be eventually defeated.


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