Wednesday, June 4, 2014
Boko Haram disguised as military execute christians in church
Christians shepherded into a church by armed men apparently for their safety died when those soldiers turned out to be Boko Haram fighters in disguise, who opened fire on the cowering crowd in their latest attack.
It was one of at least six different raids across northern Nigeria on Monday and Tuesday, when as many as 30 people died.
The attacks again illustrate the militants’ supremacy over Nigeria’s state security forces, who have made little progress in freeing more than 200 schoolgirls kidnapped close to two months ago.
Boko Haram's latest offensive came as it was reported Nigerian army officers have been convicted by courts martial for colluding with the al-Qaeda allied group, including providing them with weapons and secret intelligence.
Ten generals and five other senior officers were found guilty in the first of what were said to be several ongoing prosecutions of corrupt soldiers, Nigerian media reported.
The country's military, whose fighters are underpaid and often outgunned, has repeatedly faced allegations that both rank-and-file soldiers and officers were working with the enemy.
Key allegations include that they provided Boko Haram with weapons, or that telephone calls were made to the Islamists allowing them to prepare ambushes as military convoys drove past.
Some reports alleged that soldiers deserted their posts to fight alongside the militants before returning to their army bases in the evening. This could not be confirmed.
Maj. Gen. Chris Olukolade, the defense ministry spokesman, reissued an earlier statement, saying: "once again categorically that there is no truth whatsoever in the report".
Britain is among several nations offering assistance to the Nigerian government and its military to help find the missing schoolgirls.
Privately, Western security sector sources in the country report exasperation among those coming to help over the slow pace of the Nigerians' reactions to the kidnap crisis.
The girls are understood now to have been separated into several groups, making armed rescue of all the girls at the same time far more complicated and dangerous.
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Posted by Naijafeed at 6/04/2014