January 2nd, 2012
08:47 AM ET

Islamist militants in Nigeria warn Christians to leave north within 3 days

The militant Islamist group Boko Haram has issued an ultimatum giving Christians living in northern Nigeria three days to leave the area amid a rising tide of violence there.

A Boko Haram spokesman, Abul Qaqa, also said late Sunday that Boko Haram fighters are ready to confront soldiers sent to the area under a state of emergency declared in parts of four states by Nigerian President Goodluck Jonathan on Saturday.

"We will confront them squarely to protect our brothers," Abul Qaqa said during a telephone call with local media. He also called on Muslims living in southern Nigeria to "come back to the north because we have evidence they will be attacked."

Recent weeks have seen an escalation in clashes between Boko Haram and security forces in the north-eastern states of Borno and Yobe, as well as attacks on churches and assassinations. Nearly 30 people were killed on Christmas Day at a Catholic church near the federal capital, Abuja - a sign that Boko Haram is prepared to strike beyond its heartland.

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  1. chrissy

    lmfao and to think i thought he was philip huh? how dumb was that?

    January 2, 2012 at 10:56 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  2. banasy©

    @chrissy:

    I can see how one could come up with that conclusion: it's not so dumb. A rant is a rant, and Philip has his pet site where he asks you for a donation too.
    His site, however, is a bit more altruistic.
    He's still not getting my money, however, lol!

    January 2, 2012 at 11:05 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  3. chrissy

    Nor mine either! One mooch in my life is more than enough lol

    January 2, 2012 at 11:45 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  4. Myron Gainz

    BBC of peace

    January 3, 2012 at 1:35 am | Report abuse | Reply
  5. ¤.¤

    ???

    January 3, 2012 at 3:01 am | Report abuse | Reply
  6. kwemi

    What do we the corps members serving in the north do in dis situation

    January 3, 2012 at 3:22 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  7. Brite

    God purnish boko haram and all this useless muslim people pls northern cows.Amen

    January 5, 2012 at 9:58 am | Report abuse | Reply
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