Nigeria: al-Qaeda-linked group gives Christians 3-day deadline

PLEASE PRAY FOR THE CHRISTIANS OF NIGERIA AS A WHOLE AND THE NORTHERN REGIONS ESPECIALLY!!

Boko HaramDaily Telegraph January 2

An al-Qaeda linked terrorist group has escalated its threats to foment civil war in Nigeria by handing out a three day deadline to leave to Christians before it launches an offensive against government troops.

Boko Haram warned Christians living in the country’s predominantly Muslim north that they have three days to “move away,” before attacks target the community.

Abul Qada, the spokesman who claimed responsibility for the Christmas Day bombings on behalf of the group, threatened Nigerian soldiers deployed to quell violence in the north.

“We find it pertinent to state that soldiers will only kill innocent Muslims in the local government areas where the state of emergency was declared,” Abul Qada said. “We would confront them squarely to protect our brothers.”

President Goodluck Jonathan declared a state of emergency in four areas hardest hit by spiraling violence on Saturday.

The president vowed to “crush” the insurgency, which has “shaken the foundations of our corporate existence as a nation.”

Under the president’s orders, security forces operating in Borno, Plateau, Niger, and Yobe state were given expanded powers to make arrests and conduct searches in an effort to track down Boko Haram affiliates.

Nigerian security forces have arrested “hundreds” of “foot soldiers” in connection with bombings that left at left at least 40 people dead and dozens more injured last weekend, the police chief said last Thursday. But the masterminds of the violence remain at-large.

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