January 2nd, 2013
12:34 PM ET

Nigerian forces kill 13 Boko Haram militants after church attacks

By Ben Brumfield, CNN

(CNN) - Islamist militants in Nigeria's restive north have taken the lives of 34 people since Christmas, including 27 Christians attending church services.

On Tuesday, the country's military took the fight to Boko Haram's stronghold, killing 13 suspected combatants.

Read more: Nigeria guilty of abuses in pursuing Boko Haram militants

Joint Task Force Operation Restore Order lost one soldier during the afternoon gunfight in the isolated town of Maiduguri in Nigeria's far northwest corner, said spokesman Sagir Musa.

The task force condemned alleged Boko Haram attacks going back to July 2012 in a statement, calling them "incessant callous, brutal, barbaric and impious killings." These included attacks on mosques, churches and businesses.

- CNN Belief Blog

Filed under: Africa • Belief • Christianity • Nigeria

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  1. lorenzo

    Sono stato molto contento di aver trovato questo sito. Voglio dire grazie per il vostro tempo per questa lettura meravigliosa! Io sicuramente mi sto godendo ogni post e ho già salvato il sito tra i segnalibri per non perdermi nulla!
    lorenzo http://www.sitejabber.com/users/sarahc38

    May 13, 2013 at 9:16 am |
  2. ???????

    But they can't seem to understand this....
    Stephen Hawking: God didn't create universe

    January 4, 2013 at 9:35 am |
  3. Billy

    This is an excuse to send troops to Africa for natural resources.


    January 3, 2013 at 9:02 pm |
    • Ahappyfarmer

      Shut up.

      January 4, 2013 at 8:50 am |
  4. there is no other truth but truth absolute, and truth absolute is LORD AND GOD OF THE WORLD.

    Mohammad A Dar
    You got me here too Dar, are your statements like "certain matter from blood of man is attracted to spirit on 125 volts" based on some scientific evidence? if so, which country or countries are conducting research and for what purpose? Don't tell me it was Russia during cold war lol!

    My post is based on studies at LR2 in Switzerland, according to results from the project, studies shows existence of dark matter, other wise known as Ruh, or spirit, a program reviled to Hebrew Israelite and also mentioned in Quranic teaching's. No different than dark matter of constellation's, cause of rebirth of stars. Nothing can take a form without a program, The spirit, denied by hinduism, denial of truth, but proven by quantum physics to be true. hinduism absurdity of Evolution bits the dust, because Evolution is nothing more than a medium for sperm to grow, but without proof of origination of a process.

    January 3, 2013 at 12:43 pm |
    • John BlakeCNN

      why so seriouse?

      April 1, 2013 at 2:21 pm |
  5. niknak

    How is Boko Haram any different then the xtian crusaders from back in the day?
    Not much.
    They both killed to bring glory to their make believe god.

    I bet you fundies are jealous deep down inside of Boko H.
    They get to use their guns to kill people that they feel are believing in the wrong god.
    You all would love to use all those many guns that you have been stockpiling to go out and kill people you feel are not following your god. Or don't follow any god, like me.
    Really sucks for you we have laws that are not based on the babble.

    I wish I was more tech savy, because if I was, I would design a video game for you fundies that had you going out and gunning down all the people in this world that you hate. Maybe each time you shoot someone, a bablle verse would show up that reinforced your decision to kill them.
    Now THAT would be a money maker!

    January 3, 2013 at 11:25 am |
    • niknak

      I got the perfect name for it too!
      Instead of "going postal", we can call it GOING FUNDIE!!

      January 3, 2013 at 11:27 am |
    • truth be told

      At the root of mass murder is atheism. Atheists have tortured and murdered more people in the last 100 years than were killed in all previous centuries.

      January 3, 2013 at 11:48 am |
    • hal 9001

      I'm sorry, "truth be told", but your assertions regarding atheism are unfounded generalizations. Using my Idiomatic Expression Equivalency module (IEE), the expression that best matches the degree to which your assertions may represent truths is: "EPIC FAIL".

      January 3, 2013 at 11:54 am |
    • Bill Deacon

      Cause of the Crusades – 3000 Christian Pilgrims massacred in Jerusalem
      Among the early Christians it was thought a pious and meritorious act to undertake a journey to some sacred place. Especially was it thought that a pilgrimage to the land that had been trod by the feet of the Saviour of the world, to the Holy City that had witnessed his martyrdom, was a peculiarly pious undertaking, and one which secured for the pilgrim the special favor and blessing of Heaven. The Saracen caliphs, for the four centuries and more that they held possession of Palestine, pursued usually an enlightened policy towards the pilgrims, even encouraging pilgrimages as a source of revenue. But in the eleventh century the Seljukian Turks, a prominent Tartar tribe and zealous followers of Islam, wrested from the caliphs almost all their Asiatic possessions. The Christians were not long in realizing that power had fallen into new hands. 3000 Christian Pilgrims were insulted and persecuted in every way. The churches in Jerusalem were destroyed or turned into stables.

      So, while it is fun sport to point to the crusades as evidence of Christian cruelty, the answer is no, it is not the same.

      January 3, 2013 at 12:32 pm |
    • Fifth Eagle of the Discount Carpet Store

      The Crusaders were Catholic, and falsely believed they had been given a license to kill by the Pope, who declared that all who went on the Crusade would be forgiven of murder if they went. This was in direct contradiction to the biblical commandment "Thou shall not murder". Since most medieval (ie 1000-1400 AD) people did not have access to a bible to know God's Word on their own, they took the pope's word for it, and damned themselves. Medieval Catholicism was as far away from biblical Christianity, and Christianity as it is practiced in the West today, as you can get. I think really that the Muslim world is in their own "dark ages" right now, it would be interesting to know if six centuries from now (assuming Islam didn't get wiped out in a nuclear solution....) Islam is much more peaceful and less bloodthirsty than now.

      January 5, 2013 at 1:44 pm |
  6. lionlylamb

    Wars and their rumors embellish the world scenes and the hardening of ones emotional sanctioning is tantamount and above the reproaches regarding civil moralism. Death becomes a living communal essay of all people's notions giving to many an injection caustic to one's feelings. Wars and social famines are mainstream accolades and in gestured fancies do many claim anonymity of hapless insurrections against a backdrop of vile and villainous pageantries. Couch potato surrogates live wit the extremes of all mannerisms of worldly plaques and famine and deaths thru warring manners, May you be granted peace in a world so full of despair.

    Love Lettuce,
    Love Let Us.
    God's Oldest Dreamer

    January 2, 2013 at 8:49 pm |
    • Everyone on the Belief Blog

      lionlylamb, huh?

      January 3, 2013 at 5:05 am |
    • Mohammad A Dar


      no lovelylettuce

      January 3, 2013 at 7:48 am |
  7. there is no other truth but truth absolute, and truth absolute is LORD AND GOD OF THE WORLD.

    Pleas learn who we are and how we are to be, before giving your opinion.

    Human are spirits in state of physical experience, not to be identified by their physical appearance but by their way, only visible in understanding to learn one’s intentions and essence of his or her path. State of their own choice in Hinduism, in denial of fact, truth absolute Allah, as programmed in human ruh, spirit with gift of choice in a limited capacity, or Abdullah, in subordination of truth absolute Allah, source of human spirit, depending on one’s self ability to overcome his soul, desire, NAFS, worshiped as gode’s by hindu’s in hindrance to truth absolute Allah, the merciful, ordained as essence of human by pot head hindu sanatan’s, ignorant secular goon man god’s of hindu’s, ignorant human, beside human physics, race, color and creed to be the most important part of being human by any means, foundation of Hinduism racism as faith. Foundation, not being the truth, but wisdom, known as gods Isis in hindu dark ages and worshipped as Kumari, represented as third eye on hindu female fore head. Hinduism, an illegality without any limits spewed in denial of truth absolute, essence of existence to deny accountability for their Hinduism, illegality.
    Human are blessed with eye’s, but contrary to popular belief in hind, ignorance, human have no capacity to see things physically but only through spirituality, enshrined in program of his or her ruh, spirit. Eyes are nothing more than a medium, such as a scanner, a medium for a processor to recognize matter already programmed in data base, in human case, the brain. Quantified as Noor, light, or recognition to be alive or functional.
    By quantum physics, everything is dependent on dark matter or program, otherwise known as Spirit, truth of human to be in physical form. Spirit, programs appears in male body after reaching age of puberty by will of Allah, certain matter from blood of man is attracted to spirit on 125 volts. produced by function of human body, after attachment of matter to spirit, matter takes form of a sperm, a living being, transferred to woman's body to grow into human form according to spirit, program, otherwise known as seeded, not physically but spiritually way programmed. Woman has no other function in human life but to mother a child, a greatest service, man cannot do without, reason for a children to carry their fathers name. Heritage of person is physically attached to man's linage, not a woman.

    January 2, 2013 at 4:05 pm |
    • William Demuth


      January 2, 2013 at 4:08 pm |
    • William Demuth

      Did a camel kick you in the head dude?

      Or did you just fail English as a fifth language in the Pakastani Public School and Gulag System back in the 90's?

      January 2, 2013 at 4:10 pm |
    • there is no other truth but truth absolute, and truth absolute is LORD AND GOD OF THE WORLD.

      What is the problem hindu, ignorant from hindered gutter of hinduism racism india, how about refuting my post with knowledge, if a hind, ignorant has any?, than with your hinduism, absurdity.

      January 2, 2013 at 4:16 pm |
    • William Demuth

      You sound like my ex wife after a few too many qualudes dude!

      Random non-sequitors galore!

      January 2, 2013 at 4:40 pm |
    • there is no other truth but truth absolute, and truth absolute is LORD AND GOD OF THE WORLD.

      Still nothing of intellectual sort, but of hindu, ignorant soul, desire.

      January 2, 2013 at 4:43 pm |
    • William Demuth

      The verbal equivalent to psychosis related to rambunctious diverticulosis

      January 2, 2013 at 4:46 pm |
    • sam

      Oh look – the hindu troll is back. Finally got internet access back, huh? Were you grounded?

      January 2, 2013 at 4:47 pm |
    • there is no other truth but truth absolute, and truth absolute is LORD AND GOD OF THE WORLD.

      Never, I was on another network, messing with hindu's and Muslim's by religion.

      January 2, 2013 at 4:51 pm |
    • there is no other truth but truth absolute, and truth absolute is LORD AND GOD OF THE WORLD.

      Still nothing to refute my post by intellectualism, but some perverted Latin.

      January 2, 2013 at 4:53 pm |

    • Get used to it. People are meat briefly suspended from putrefaction. No quantum effects apply.

      January 2, 2013 at 5:04 pm |
    • there is no other truth but truth absolute, and truth absolute is LORD AND GOD OF THE WORLD.

      How about learning meaning's of Putr or Putri, you have no knowledge but hinduism, absurdity, Putr is of Greek origin, such as clue Petra, noble child, My post is about process of being, and you have no knowledge of. hindu's Pundit, crook trickster.

      January 2, 2013 at 6:10 pm |
    • Mohammad A Dar

      You got me here too Dar, are your statements like "certain matter from blood of man is attracted to spirit on 125 volts" based on some scientific evidence? if so, which country or countries are conducting research and for what purpose? Don't tell me it was Russia during cold war lol!

      January 3, 2013 at 2:12 am |
    • psych ward staff

      OMG lionlylamb threw up his word salad this time into the ass of sheepilycamel, but back out it comes anyway. I need some buckets, pronto!

      January 3, 2013 at 2:21 am |
    • Mohammad A Dar

      @psych ward staff, taking "salad" home for mamacita amigo? and don't forget to watch BORDER PETROL on Nat Geo, goon

      January 3, 2013 at 7:43 am |
  8. Mike from Toronto Kanada

    ..if this Jesus Christ (of whom Thomas' Jefferson and Paine, Sir Edward Gibbon, Sigmund Freud, Francois Voltiare, Napoleon, Friedriche Nietzche et al. all claimed that Jesus never existed!) cares so much for his flock....well... then save your followers!
    Come on JC, yuur days are numbered as you make impossible claims! What is likely to happen... is that Islam will take over these christian countries just as christian replaced Roman paganism! Maybe Jesus is just some phoney religious myth to get to a higher spiritual level!? But either way, JC, show your ass soon, as the Mohammedins will put it in a wringer shortly!

    January 2, 2013 at 3:43 pm |
    • Sam Yaza

      what is JC going to do tell his supposed father to stop having his followers killing his followers,..its the same god

      January 2, 2013 at 3:56 pm |
    • captain america

      Which of those quoted hail from your own country? Point in fact – mind your own F'n business and leave US to us. When your third world flunky nation produces a statesman of note we'll let you know. There's your sign.

      January 3, 2013 at 7:10 am |
  9. William Demuth

    I was a big fan of of Boko Haram back when they had that album with "Whiter Shade Of Pale"

    Strange they might go on a Nigerean killing spree so late in their careers, but I guess it beats what Ringo has been up to!

    January 2, 2013 at 3:42 pm |
    • Akira

      LMAO: that's exactly what I think of; Poco Harem.
      Great song.

      These guys? Not so much.

      January 2, 2013 at 6:02 pm |
    • Apple Bush

      I am reminded of Nina Hagan's "New York, New York" I don't know why. Guess I am fuced up.

      January 3, 2013 at 5:10 am |
  10. Kill all the Boko Haram

    And all their relatives and tribal villages. Do not spare the women or children or any animals or livestock they may have had or even have touched. Burn their fields. Poison the ground and the water where they live. For 14 generations do not go where they have been. Forget all the names they know. After that, make the land they had yours.

    January 2, 2013 at 3:23 pm |
    • Honey Badger Dont Care

      Sounds like something right out of the bible.

      January 2, 2013 at 3:39 pm |
    • Akira

      HBDC, it is.

      January 2, 2013 at 6:04 pm |
  11. Honey Badger Dont Care

    Yea right! And a Nigerian prince has $12teen bajillion that he needs my help moving out of the country. Who cares?

    January 2, 2013 at 3:13 pm |
  12. there is no other truth but truth absolute, and truth absolute is LORD AND GOD OF THE WORLD.

    All to protect hindu Judaism, filthy secular ism, hindu criminal government of Nigeria rules Nigeria by, not to help citizens of the country but to hind, rob and steal on name of hindu fake democracy.

    January 2, 2013 at 3:06 pm |
    • William Demuth

      Let me guess

      You are a Congressman?

      January 2, 2013 at 3:12 pm |
  13. William Demuth

    Does this mean the Nigerian Internet scams will finally stop?

    If not, please kill a few dozen more.

    Then eventually it will.

    January 2, 2013 at 1:09 pm |
  14. Bill Deacon

    No right to own firearms in Nigeria.

    January 2, 2013 at 1:08 pm |
    • William Demuth

      So they were beaten to death with X-Boxes?

      Of course not silly man!

      January 2, 2013 at 1:10 pm |
    • Fedup Delivery

      Maybe they were killed with scam emails scratched onto rocks. Those would be dangerous.

      January 2, 2013 at 1:26 pm |
    • Bill Deacon

      The Islamist militants were armed. The victims were not. You do the math

      January 2, 2013 at 1:31 pm |
    • Bet

      What's your point?

      January 2, 2013 at 1:49 pm |
    • William Demuth

      Bill Deacon

      I did. The score is Islamic cult 13, Christian cult 0.

      Hell of a game so far, I can't wait for the secong quarter!

      January 2, 2013 at 1:52 pm |
    • Fedup Delivery

      William, that would be :
      Government task force: 13
      Boko Haram idiots:........ 34
      Christians: ......................0

      And it's already half-time! Look! Here come the cheerleaders wearing skimpy clothes! Yay!

      January 2, 2013 at 1:58 pm |
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