June 18th, 2012
08:35 AM ET

Boko Haram claims responsibility for Nigeria church bombings

A militant Islamist group claimed responsibility Monday for bombings the day before that the Nigerian Red Cross said left 50 people at three Christian churches in Nigeria.

Boko Haram said the attacks Sunday in the Nigerian cities of Zaria and Kaduna were retaliation on Christians for destroying mosques and, according to the group, turning others into "beer parlour and prostitution joints."

"Let them know that now it's the time for revenge God willing," the group said in a statement. "From now on, they either follow the right religion or there will be no peace for them."

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  1. Jonyto1

    Boko haram are nothing but fools are thinking that we christians can fight back or what? Just that the word christian mean peace

    June 18, 2012 at 9:00 am | Report abuse |
  2. Saleh

    May peace reign in our country

    June 18, 2012 at 9:05 am | Report abuse |
  3. Mary

    Just watching the news at 9:25 am....and am wondering how a "so called" news lady doesn't know now to pronounce the name Reuters....she called it "Rooters." OMGOSH!

    June 18, 2012 at 9:37 am | Report abuse |
  4. saywhat

    Reportedly locals in troubled areas in Nigeria are quick to point out that clashes between Muslims and Christians are not always about religion or ethnicity. They are about land and political affiliation. Herders are majority muslims whereas farmers are majority Christians. Clashes occur over grazing rights and such matters. Overpopulation and poverty has given rise to violence which is fueled by politicians. Groups like that of Boko Haram have become an instrument in the hands of wealthy politicians.

    June 18, 2012 at 9:56 am | Report abuse |
  5. otuekong

    Pharaoh say to Moses who is that God that can deliver Isreal from my hand, well not too far he realise it at the red sea, boko haram read history, Nobody fight with Christian (children of God) and go unpunish, they will never fight back this battle is not for them but God. Except you repent u will likewise perish. l pray God forgive them for the know not what they do.if only they repent.

    June 18, 2012 at 9:56 am | Report abuse |
  6. saywhat

    Good morning @ Mary.

    June 18, 2012 at 9:57 am | Report abuse |
  7. Philip

    Boko Haram eh? I always wondered who was taking credit...for stealing Nigerias oil.
    Nigeria is one of the worlds top ten oil exporting countries. Nigerian citizens should be richer than you or I, in other words.
    Nigerian Red Cross says. That's enough evidence for me! Send in the drones. Plus it would be good practice for drones over America. Coming Soon! to your inner city. And just in time to win the war on terror, foreign&domestic.

    June 18, 2012 at 9:58 am | Report abuse |
  8. banasy©

    How awful!
    My condolences to the families of those who lost their lives in these horrific bombings.

    June 18, 2012 at 10:00 am | Report abuse |
  9. Name*funto

    madam mary 4gt such error/mistake are u nt worse ?

    June 18, 2012 at 10:02 am | Report abuse |
  10. Mary

    Not me above

    June 18, 2012 at 10:05 am | Report abuse |
  11. Emmanuel Bulus

    may god protect this our country nigeria.

    June 18, 2012 at 10:05 am | Report abuse |
  12. Philip

    Gm. saywhat Mary? It's pronounced 'royters'.
    @Tonyto1...the word 'christian' means Christ-like. As in following The Way Jesus and his heavenly father invented.
    Happy belated Fathers Day, God. Nice son you have there. If only we all liked your only begotten son, what a wonderful world this would be. Wonderfuller, rather. 🙂

    June 18, 2012 at 10:07 am | Report abuse |
  13. Philip

    @Emmanuel Bulus. Good point. Men drew those lines on world maps, not God.

    June 18, 2012 at 10:11 am | Report abuse |
  14. Philip

    @otukong 9:56. There was no Israel when Moses was in Egypt. Sheesh.
    Moses himself never did make it to the promised land. Nor did his black African wife, as far as I know.

    June 18, 2012 at 10:22 am | Report abuse |
    • Hope

      Moses was there. After parting the sea to free his people from Pharaoh, the Jews romed the desert for forty years before being allowed to enter the Promiced Land. And, no, Moses was not allowed to enter with them.

      June 19, 2012 at 4:14 pm | Report abuse |
  15. Mary

    Good morning to you also saywhat and Philip, hope the day finds you well.

    June 18, 2012 at 10:24 am | Report abuse |
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