As many as 50 dead bodies, some decapitated as Muslim terrorists attack African Union troops in Somalia

There’s no fasting from Muslim violence during Ramadan…in fact, it typically increases. via Al-Shabaab kills dozens of African Union troops at base in Somalia | World news | The Guardian.

Dozens of soldiers have been killed after Al-Shabaab overran an African Union base in Somalia, according to witnesses.

People in the village of Lego, about 62 miles north-west of the capital Mogadishu, described intense fighting on Friday which left corpses strewn on the ground. Witnesses said there were as many as 50 bodies, some of which had been decapitated, but this could not be confirmed.

Alinur Mohamed, a local elder, said: “The fighting was the heaviest ever around this area. Al-Shabaab took full control of the base and killed many soldiers.”

The military outpost had been manned by about 100 Burundian soldiers, part of the 22,000-strong African Union Mission in Somalia (Amisom).

Residents said the dawn raid began when a suicide bomber drove a car loaded with explosives into the entrance of the base, before dozens of militants armed with machine guns and rocket-propelled grenades unleashed their assault.

Another elder, Ahmed Bulle, said Al-Shabaab fighters were later seen looting the base and loading supplies on to trucks.

He said: “Al-Shabaab took control of the area completely – the death toll could be more than 50. There are many dead bodies, most of them in military uniforms.”

Earlier on Friday, Amisom confirmed the attack but gave no further details as to possible casualties.

An Al-Shabaab spokesman claimed the militants had taken control of the base, killing “dozens”, raised their flag and seized weapons.

Mohamed Abu-Yahya, an Al-Shabaab commander, said: “The Black Islamic flag is flying over the main base of Amisom in Lego this morning and the dead bodies of the enemy are scattered around the area, the mujahideen fighters have taken all their military supplies.”

 

Obama Releases 6 More Gitmo Jihadists, Including Bin Laden Bodyguards

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Obama has now released at least 126 jihadists from Gitmo. via Obama Transfers 6 Guantanamo Bay Detainees, Including Alleged Usama Bin Laden Bodyguards

Six detainees at the Guantanamo Bay detention center, including three alleged to have been bodyguards for Usama bin Laden, have been transferred to Oman, the Department of Defense said Saturday.

The six new transfers are Emad Abdullah Hassan, Idris Ahmad ‘Abd Al Qadir Idris and Jalal Salam Awad Awad, all alleged bodyguards to bin Laden, Sharaf Ahmad Muhammad Mas’ud, Saa’d Nasser Moqbil Al Azani and Muhammad Ali Salem Al Zarnuki.

This is the first time in roughly the past five months that Guantanamo suspects have been transferred, as Congress considers new restrictions on such moves.

The number of detainees at the facility is now 116, compared to 242 when President Obama took office.

Fox News military analyst Gen. Jack Keane (Ret.) said on “America’s News Headquarters” that all six detainees were assessed in 2008 as having a high risk to rejoin their Al Qaeda brothers.

“That was in 2008. What has changed since then?” Keane asked.

He said that he believes it is highly likely that these six will cross over from Oman to their home country of Yemen where they can reengage with Al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula.

“There’s no indication that they’ve been rehabilitated. This is about a process that’s going on because the president wants to close Guantanamo Bay, and he’s going to empty it out as a way to close it,” Keane said.

Watch more here.

Will Nigeria’s New Muslim President Address Fulani Muslim Attacks on Christians?

Don’t hold your breath. Black lives don’t matter when Muslims want sharia. via “The Forgotten Persecution” – Will Nigeria’s New President Address Fulani Herder Attacks on Christians?

(International Christian Concern) – Muslim Fulani cattle herders have murdered scores of Christians in the past month in central “Middle-Belt” Nigeria. As the country has now inaugurated a president who promises to get tough on Boko Haram, Christians in the region wonder if Muhammadu Buhari, who is also a Fulani Muslim, also means business against murderous herdsmen killing Christians.

In the past month, Fulanis have ravaged Christian farming communities almost on a weekly basis in Benue and Plateau states, slaughtering nearly 200 people from at least seven attacks. To make matters worse, government officials have refused to acknowledge the faith of the victims, instead describing the violence as a turf war.

 “It is the longstanding issue over grazing rights and cattle rustling between Egba and Fulani people,” police spokesman Ezeala Austin said after an attack in March 2015 that killed more than 80 Christians.

While squabbles over land and property have certainly formed the centerpiece of inter-tribal struggle historically, these frequent attacks on Christian communities bear all the marks of religious persecution. Survivors have told similar stories about the experience of a Fulani attack. Typically, dozens, if not hundreds of herdsmen ride into a village on horseback, setting buildings on fire and spraying bullets indiscriminately.

“They were shouting, ‘Allahu Akbar’ and also saying, ‘We must wipe out these infidel Christians today,’” one survivor of an attack in September 2014 recounted.

The “Middle-Belt region serves as the line where the majority Christian south pushes up against the predominantly Muslim north and conflict along religious lines is common.

Fulani Herdsmen and Buhari’s Security Policy

Meanwhile, the Islamic terror group Boko Haram grabs most of the headlines and the top of Buhari’s security agenda. “In tackling the insurgency, we have a tough and urgent job to do. Boko Haram will soon know the strength of our collective will. We should spare no effort until we defeat terrorism,” Buhari said after winning the Nigerian presidential election on March 28.

But does Buhari’s plan include defeating terrorist Fulani herdsmen also? To his credit, he has condemned attacks in the past, “if the people can no longer listen to their leaders, such crises might persist and make life more miserable for the people,” he said after the March massacre.

“Middle-Belt” Christians face many of the same threats to their safety that Christians in the north experience from Boko Haram, and they continue to live in fear, “The people are still living under fear and panic but we have assured them of adequate security,” a police spokesperson said after the region’s most recent attack by Fulani herdsmen that killed as many as 96 Christians in Benue state, according to reports.

The recent upsurge through the end of April and into May suggests that police lack the necessary capacity to provide adequate security, so improvements remain to be seen. Instead, Christians have had good reason to panic because this month’s attacks represent nothing new. Since the summer of 2014, the news has reported these kinds of assaults on Christians by Fulani herders in August, September, December, January, and March.

“In their quest to eliminate Christians in Plateau state and their thirst for blood, [they] have succeeded in killing Christians and burning their houses,” said a Plateau man who has survived Fulani attacks this May.

Because of the ongoing tragedy leading up to Buhari’s inaguration, he now faces the challenge of distancing himself from statements he has made in the past, which would only serve to embolden Muslim violence and persecution against Christians in central Nigeria.

“I will continue to show openly and inside me the total commitment to the Sharia movement that is sweeping all over Nigeria,” Buhari said in 2001. “God willing, we will not stop the agitation for the total implementation of the Sharia in the country.”

Read more at http://www.persecution.org.


Related: Video: The Legacy of Arab-Islam in Africa – Author Interview

Video: The Legacy of Arab-Islam in Africa – Author Interview

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via New English Review

An interview with John Alembillah Azumah, the author of “The Legacy of Arab-Islam In Africa“.

Muslims Behead Dozens of Ethiopian Christians in Latest ISIS Video

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Full video linked below. via Islamic State kills Ethiopian Christians in Libya | CNS News.

CAIRO (AP) — Islamic State militants in Libya shot and beheaded groups of captive Ethiopian Christians, a video purportedly from the extremists showed Sunday. The attack widens the circle of nations affected by the group’s atrocities while showing its growth beyond a self-declared “caliphate” in Syria and Iraq.

The release of the 29-minute video comes a day after Afghanistan’s president blamed the extremists for a suicide attack in his country that killed at least 35 people — and underscores the chaos gripping Libya after its 2011 civil war and the killing of dictator Moammar Gadhafi.

It also mirrored a film released in February showing militants beheading 21 captured Egyptian Christians on a Libyan beach, which immediately drew Egyptian airstrikes on the group’s suspected positions in Libya. Whether Ethiopia would — or could — respond with similar military force remains unclear.

Ethiopia long has drawn the anger of Islamic extremists over its military’s attacks on neighboring Somalia, whose population is almost entirely Muslim. While the militant in the video at one point said “Muslim blood that was shed under the hands of your religion is not cheap,” it did not specifically mention the Ethiopian government’s actions.

The video, released via militant social media accounts and websites, could not be independently verified by The Associated Press. However, it corresponded to other videos released by the Islamic State group and bore the symbol of its al-Furqan media arm.

The video starts with what it called a history of Christian-Muslim relations, followed by scenes of militants destroying churches, graves and icons. A masked fighter brandishing a pistol delivers a long statement, saying Christians must convert to Islam or pay a special tax prescribed by the Quran.

It shows one group of captives, identified as Ethiopian Christians, purportedly held by an Islamic State affiliate in eastern Libya known as Barqa Province. It also shows another purportedly held by an affiliate in the southern Libyan calling itself the Fazzan Province. The video then switches between footage of the captives in the south being shot dead and the captives in the east being beheaded on a beach. It was not immediately possible to estimate how many captives were killed or confirm their identities.


Watch the video at Heavy.com. who writes:

The video begins with a long introduction of a rant against Christendom, but the gore begins at around 25-minutes where a pistol brandishing jihadist claims that Christians must convert to Islam or pay a special tax in the Quran known as Jizya.

First a line of alleged Ethiopian Christians are lined up and shot in the back of the head. After that, the scene cuts to a beach where another group of alleged Ethiopian Christians are beheaded in much a similar way to the February beheadings of the Coptic Christians.

Niger: Muslims burn 68 churches

Missing from mainstream media coverage in March. via The Alabama Baptist – A Resource for Christian Living. h/t Jihad Watch

NIAMEY, Niger — At least 68 churches, two of which were Baptist, have been burned in the West African country of Niger.

Panlieba Tchalieni, president of the Union of Evangelical Baptist Churches of Niger, reported that the church burnings, carried out by Muslim extremist group Boko Haram, occurred in the Zinder region and Niamey.

“In terms of Baptist churches in Niger, we have two churches that are burned: the first evangelical church in Niger built in 1928 and another behind the Niger River built 15 years ago,” Tchalieni said.

Boko Haram, a Nigerian-based radical jihadist group that seeks to establish Sharia law, has extended its activities to other countries in West Africa, including Niger, where it has carried out recent attacks in the southeast.

Thousands of civilians fled their homes in the southeastern Niger town of Diffa. The area was already under stress, providing refuge to some 150,000 people who crossed the border to escape the violence in northern Nigeria.

Niger, which shares much of its southern border with Nigeria, declared a 15-day state of emergency in Diffa after a series of attacks by Boko Haram.

Kojo Amo of Ghana, chairman of the western region of the All Africa Baptist Fellowship, appealed for prayer and support for the Christian church in Niger. “Please let us remember Christians in Niger in our prayers that the Lord will strengthen them in the faith during this difficult time.”

(BWA)

 

Nigeria: Muslims abduct 500 women and children, using as human shields

“…to create a caliphate in northern Nigeria.”

via Boko Haram extremists kidnap hundreds, including children, as human shields.

ABUJA, Nigeria (AP) — Hundreds of civilians, including many children, have been kidnapped and are being used as human shields by Boko Haram extremists, a top Nigerian official confirmed Wednesday.

Several hundred people were abducted by the Islamic militants as they retreated earlier this month from Damasak in northeastern Nigeria, Mike Omeri, the Nigerian spokesman for the fight against Boko Haram, told The Associated Press Wednesday. He said he could not specify how many were kidnapped but local reports say as many as 500 people were taken.

The Islamic rebels went to Damasak’s primary schools and rounded up students and teachers and then retreated, said Omeri.

via Nigeria: Hundreds of women and children kidnapped, locals say | euronews, world news.

In Damasak, Souleymane Ali told Reuters: “They took 506 young women and children. They killed about 50 of them before leaving.”Boko Haram, which also abducted 300 schoolgirls in the region last April, wants to create a caliphate in northern Nigeria.

And: Boko Haram just took 500 ‘young women and children’

Using children to carry and detonate explosives is not a new tactic for Boko Haram, but it is an intensification,” Elizabeth Donnelly, assistant head of Chatham House’s Africa program in London, told NBC. “Boko Haram has been abducting and conscripting children and young men and women for a long period for various purposes. They will be seen by the movement as expendable resources.”

Last week, Agence France-Presse and other news organizations reported that “dozens of Nigerian women who were forced to marry Boko Haram fighters were slaughtered by their ‘husbands’ before a battle with troops” in the northeast town of Bama. Witnesses told AFP  that “they killed the women to prevent them from subsequently marrying soldiers or other so-called non-believers. … ‘The terrorists said they will not allow their wives to be married to infidels,’ said Sharifatu Bakura, 39, a mother of three.”

No one knows what will happen to the 500 children said on Tuesday to be taken by Boko Haram. But the rationale behind their capture seems all but certain to local experts. “The very young ones, they will give to the madrassas,” Borno state Senator Maina Maaji Lawan told the BBC,” referring to Islamic religious schools. “And the male ones between 16 and 25, they conscript them and they indoctrinate them as supply channels for their horrible missions.”

And:

It is believed the mass kidnapping happened on March 16 but the details are only coming through now.

via Newsweek:

 According to the Council on Foreign Relations, Boko Haram killed over 10,000 people in 2014, the deadliest year in their six-year insurgency against Nigerian authorities in hope of creating an Islamic caliphate. They have already reportedly slain more than 2,000 people in the first months of 2015 following a series of mass killings in the town of Baga, in the state of Borno.


A reader reminds that in 2014, Kerry and Clinton warned Nigeria for attacking the Muslim terrorists. And Obama Threatened Nigeria with Sanctions in 2013 for Fighting Boko Haram.

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