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this group boko haram, who is the local name for al kaeda in Nigeria, have been involved in many bombings, most infamous the Christmas day bombing on 25th Dec 2011 that killed dozens and the UN office bombing in Abuja Nigeria also in Aug 2011....BBC
Barely 24 hours after bombs went off in Maiduguri and Damaturu respectively, gunmen late Thursday attacked a church in Gombe killing at least six people, the church's pastor says.
Johnson Jauro said the killings took place when gunmen burst into his Deeper Life Church in the capital of Gombe state.
He said his wife was among those killed. Ten other people were injured.
The nation has recently experienced a surge in ethnic and sectarian violence. Only recently President Goodluck Jonathan declared a state of emergency in a number of local government areas in four states of the country.
"The attackers started shooting sporadically. They shot through the window of the church, and many people were killed including my wife," Jauro told Reuters news agency.
"Many members who attended the church service were also injured."
No group said it carried out the attack, but the Islamist group Boko Haram recently carried out a string of bombings on Christmas Day, including against a church in the capital Abuja which killed dozens of people.
Earlier on Thursday, two suspected members of Boko Haram were arrested after a father and son were killed in Maiduguri in neighbouring Borno state.
Attacks by Boko Haram have become increasingly frequent and are a major problem for security agencies.
The President has vowed to "crush" the group.
Several northern states surrounding Gombe have had their borders sealed off under the state of emergency declared by Jonathan following the Christmas bombings.
Boko Haram is fighting to create an Islamic state and wants to impose Sharia law across Nigeria.
Followers of Boko Haram believe any political or social activity associated with Western values should be banned.
This includes voting in elections, wearing shirts and trousers and receiving a secular education.
Boko Haram regards the Nigerian state as being run by non-believers and this was the case even when the country had a Muslim president.
this group have long had relationships with its offshoots sister groups in North Africa ( especially al kaeda in Maghreb , Niger ,Mauritania) and its close relationship with saudi clerics and fundings.....
not only it has been bombing churches, but recently the group has issued warning to Christians to leave Northern Nigeria or face death....
also boko haram had links to the nigerian who tried to bomb a usa airline in 2010 on Christmas day by hiding a bomb in his underwear, ( hence the nickname the underwear bomber).........BTW his mother was yemeni
some history of the group
Boko Haram is a controversial Nigerian militant Islamist group that seeks the imposition of Shariah law in the northern states of Nigeria.
The term \"Boko Haram\" comes from the Hausa word boko meaning \"Animist, western or otherwise non-Islamic education\" and the Arabic word haram figuratively meaning \"sin\" (literally, \"forbidden\").
Boko Haram opposes not only Western education, but Western culture and modern science as well
The group was founded in 2002 in Maiduguri by Ustaz Mohammed Yusuf. In 2004 it moved to Kanamma, Yobe State, where it set up a base called \"Afghanistan\", used to attack nearby police outposts, killing police officers.Yusuf is hostile to democracy and the secular education system, vowing that \"this war that is yet to start would continue for long\" if the political and educational system was not changed.
Prior to the clashes, many Muslim leaders and at least one military official had warned the authorities about Boko Haram. Those warnings were reportedly ignored.
Boko Haram Attacks
In the state of Yobe, fighters reportedly \"used fuel-laden motorcycles\" and \"bows with poison arrows\" to attack a police station. On 30 July, allegations were made that Yusuf himself was killed by Nigerian security forces after being taken into custody.
In January 2010, the group struck again in the Nigerian state of Borno, killing four people in Dala Alemderi ward in Maiduguri metropolis.
On September 7, 2010, Boko Haram freed over 700 inmates from a prison in Bauchi State.
In December 2010, Boko Haram was blamed for a market bombing, following which 92 of its members were arrested by police.
On Friday January 28, 2011, a gubernatorial candidate was assassinated, along with his brother and four police officers.
On March 29, police “thwarted a plot to bomb an (ANPP) election rally” in Maiduguri, Borno State. The threat was blamed on Boko Haram. On April 1 (the day before the original date of Nigeria’s legislative elections), suspected Boko Haram members attacked a police station in Bauchi . On April 9, a polling center in Maiduguri was bombed. On April 15, the Maiduguri office of the Independent National Electoral Commission was bombed, and several people were shot in a separate incident on the same day. Authorities suspected Boko Haram. On April 20, Boko Haram killed a Muslim cleric and ambushed several police officers in Maiduguri. On April 22, Boko Haram freed 14 prisoners during a jailbreak in Yola, Adamawa State
On Tuesday February 8, 2011, Boko Haram gave conditions for peace. The radicals demanded that the Borno State Governor, Senator Ali Modu Sheriff, should step down from office with immediate effect and also allow members to reclaim their mosque in Maiduguri, the capital of Borno State. On 9th May 2011 Boko Haram rejected an offer for amnesty made by the governor-elect of Borno state, Kashim Shettima
Boko Haram was blamed for a series of bombings in northern Nigeria on May 29, 2011 that left 15 dead.
On June 17, 2011, the group claimed responsibility for a bombing attack on the police force headquarters in Abuja that occurred the previous day. Officials believed that the attack was the first suicide bombing in Nigeria\'s history and that it specifically targeted Police Inspector-General Hafiz Ringim.