Nigeria: Islamist terrorists take credit for cemetery massacre

religion | Jul 10, 2012 | By Martin Barillas

The Islamist terrorist group known as Boko Haram claimed responsibility for the killing on Sunday, July 8th in Jos, capital of central-eastern Nigerian state of Plateau, during the funerals of some of the 63 victims of the July 7 massacre in Barkin Ladi. In the second massacre, 22 people were killed, among them was a Federal Senator Gyang Dantong and the majority leader in Parliament of Plateau State, Gyang Fulani.

Catholic Archbishop Ignatius Ayau Kaigama of Jos theorized that the July 7 massacre stem from an ethnic clash between the mostly Muslim Fulani, who are largely herders, and the largely Christian Birom people, who are farmers. This opinion was seconded by local authorities.

Boko Haram, however, claimed responsibility for the massacre at the Barkin-Ladi cemetery. Most of the victims were Christians, including Senator Dantong and legislator Fulani

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Spero News editor Martin Barillas is a former US diplomat, who also worked as a democracy advocate and election observer in Latin America. His first novel 'Shaken Earth', is available at Amazon.

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