March 12, 2012
The African militant Islamist group Boko Haram has followed up its declaration of "war" on Nigerian Christians with a threat to kidnap Christian women as part of its latest campaign of terror, Barnabas Fund reports. On March 6, two days after a Boko Haram spokesman said the group was planning coordinated attacks to "eradicate Christians from certain parts of the country," the same spokesman said, "We are going to put into action new efforts to strike fear into the Christians of the power of Islam by kidnapping their women." He said they would not harm or sexually assault the women but would "demand as ransom that the families leave our Islamic areas." Boko Haram, which has been fighting to establish an Islamic state in northern Nigeria since 2009, has stepped up its attempts to drive Christians out of the area in recent months with increasingly violent and frequent attacks.