Muslim jihad in Africa June 2019

Ramadan ended on June 3rd this year. I posted with the overview the following week. There has been no abatement of murder and destruction. In fact, the pace of killing seems to be increasing.

This will not be reported in American mass media. Conservative niche media will only take notice of the most horrifying crimes. The murders of hundreds of Africans is only noted by Christian niche media. Most of the victims are Christians, of course, though plenty of Pagans are murdered by Muslims as well. Every now and then Muslims are killed in reprisals, and that is ten times as likely to get reported in western mass media as other violence.

If you do a search of any mass media news site, or any Big Tech news aggregator, you discover some interesting results.   The stuff I note below turns up on page three or four, or not at all.   If you search for “Muslim” you get pro-Islam stories.   If you search for these countries by name, you get stories about sports stars who come from these nations.   You also get articles about western NGOs and their work in these countries.   What you have to work really hard to find is reporting on jihad, which is a daily fact of life in much of Africa.

I determined to provide a snapshot of the ongoing death and destruction wrought by jihadis in Africa. This is an amazing tale that goes unreported. It should inform our understanding of the Islamic world, and the violence that accompanies Islam.   The following is simply a review of recent events.

Burkina Faso

I mentioned Burkina Faso in my Ramadan Bombathon post. There was an attack on a church every Sunday in Ramadan this year.

Cameroon

More than 80 people were killed, including 16 Cameroonian soldiers, during an attack by suspected Boko Haram Islamists in the north of the country, the defense ministry said.

Eight civilians and 64 fighters also died in the pitched battle in the Darak locality of Cameroon’s Far North Region on June 9, while another eight fighters were taken prisoner, Defence Minister Joseph Beti Assomo said in statement handed to reporters in the capital, Yaounde.

Here is an interesting bit about Cameroon, which is getting spillover from Nigeria. Boko Haram fighters cross the border either to stir up trouble or as they flee from Nigerian government forces.

Since 2014, the Far North region of Cameroon has experienced several devastating attacks displacing a total of 262,831 Cameroonians as of May 2019. As the country struggles to deal with this unprecedented number of internally displaced citizens within its borders, it is simultaneously hosting over 136,000 Nigerian refugees who fled to Cameroon as a result of the same conflict.

Cameroon also has internal strife. The two large English-speaking provinces have a separatist movement going on, claiming that the government has been stealing elections, which of course they have been. The government arrested 350 peaceful protesters in an escalation over this confrontation.

Central African Republic

The “3R” Fulani Muslim militia used a supposed peace deal as a pretense to host a meeting, then murdered their guests. May, 2019.

More than 26 people were killed on Tuesday and many were wounded when an armed group attacked two villages in northwestern Central African Republic, the UN’s peacekeeping mission said.

 

Chad

At least four Chadian soldiers and a television reporter were killed when their vehicle hit a mine on a road in eastern Chad, security sources said Sunday.

The victims were in a convoy on Saturday, May 25 headed towards an army position that had been attacked by elements of the Boko Haram insurgent group overnight, the sources said.

The timeline of events is unclear.

This delegation of the Chadian army was headed to N’Gounboua, where elements of Boko Haram had attacked an army position overnight, killing at least one on our side,” a security source told AFP.

Alwihda reported that 23 Boko Haram fighters were killed in Berkara, near N’Gouboua on Saturday night. N’Goubouais on the northeastern bank of Lake Chad, near the borders with Nigeria and Niger.

The Chadian Army cannot win every time, even with covert aid from America and France. Chad is about 44% Christian, but parts of Chad are 90% Muslim. The Christians of Kintchendi have a difficult choice to make:

On June 7, the  Islamic extremist group Boko Haram kidnapped a Christian woman in the village of Kintchendi in the Diffa region in southeastern Niger. She was released yesterday with a letter to all the Christians living in that area to “leave the town within three days or be killed.”

Egypt

A tourist bus was bombed near the Pyramids on May 20. 17 wounded.

This also happened in Egypt, but in Sinai near Gaza, so not technically in Africa:

Egyptian security personnel were killed Wednesday, June 5 in militant attacks on several security posts in the restive North Sinai region, according to media reports.

One of the checkpoints near the city of  Arish was run by Egypt’s Central Security Forces and two others by the military, according to the independent news  website  Mada Masr, which said 10 police officers had been killed.

The militants attempted to capture armored vehicles, according to reports on social media and AFP citing a security source. Police and Egyptian Armed Forces personnel were battling the attackers and killed a number of the militants, the reports said.

Egypt’s interior ministry later put the death toll at eight, including two officers, and said five militants were killed. The ministry said the attack targeted the Batal-14 checkpoint south of Arish, but did not confirm reports of two additional attacks.

Kenya

At least eight Kenyan police officers were killed on Saturday, June 15 when their vehicle was struck by an IED while on patrol in Wajir County near the border with Somalia, police sources said.Unnamed Kenyan officials earlier said those killed were among a group of officers who were pursuing gunmen who had kidnapped three police reservists in Konton centre in Wajir East, Al Jazeera  reported. Those sources said at least 10 police officers had been killed in the explosion.

Al-Shabab  claimed responsibility for the kidnapping, saying they had temporarily taken control of Khorof Harar village.

Mali

At least 95 people were killed Sunday evening when armed men attacked an ethnic Dogon village in central Mali, a mayor told CNN on Monday.

The gunmen set fire to the village and fired shots, fleeing at around midnight, the mayor, Ali Dolo, said. The attack was carried out by Fulani men, he said.

CNN took pains to point out that 134 Fulani had been killed in reprisal attacks in March. They did not explain the massacres that the reprisals were for. The word “Muslim” did not appear in their two articles about jihad in Africa this month.

Mozambique

Mozambique has experienced an upsurge in Islamicist violence in recent years, though much less than some of the other countries in Africa. This past April, Mozambique was slammed by a cyclone. The storm, storm damage, storm cleanup, and related matters crowded everything else out of the news.

Nigeria

Boko Haram continues its killing. More jihadi murders happened in Nigeria last year than in any other country except Afghanistan and Syria. There was a little blip of notice in conservative niche media because two Nigerian women spoke to Heritage Foundation on Tuesday, June 11. One of them is the mother of a girl who was kidnapped along with 110 other schoolgirls in Dapchi, back in February of 2018. Five of the girls died, and all but two of the rest were either sprung or released. Boko Haram is still holding two girls, including this woman’s daughter, because they refused to renounce Jesus. The thing that made it newsworthy was that the woman made it to America to appeal to President Trump for help.

On May 26, Christians were attacked just as they were leaving Sunday morning worship. Reports vary with between 7 to 30 murdered in several locations. Twenty homes of Christians were burned. These attacks, along with many others, were not included in a Boko Haram timeline posted by CNN on June 9.

There is some good news from Nigeria. I don’t know if this means real progress towards peace:

A total of 894 children, including 106 girls, were released from the ranks of the Civilian Joint Task Force (CJTF) in Maiduguri, north-east Nigeria today, as part of its commitment to end and prevent the recruitment and use of children.

The CJTF is a local militia that helps the Nigerian security forces in the fight against insurgency in north-east Nigeria. It was formed in 2013, with the aim of protecting communities from attack.

It is good that the anti-Boko Haram fighters are giving up their child soldiers. The government of Nigeria pledged to do more to fight Boko Haram. Most of those kids will probably end up as refugees either elsewhere in Nigeria or perhaps in Cameroon.

 

Niger

You may well wonder why I have Niger on this list, since it is 99.5% Muslim. But jihadis believe that most Muslims are not sufficiently adhering to Sharia, and they fight the government that occasionally tries to stop the Islamic State West Africa Province (ISWAP, a faction of Boko Haram) from crossing borders. You may also recall that a couple of Americans got killed while on a clandestine mission in Niger in 2017. Boss Mongo is a friend of a guy whose son was on that mission.

Not all military missions in Niger end in failure. The most recent one was a success.

Security forces in Niger foiled three weekend attacks in the capital Niamey and in the southeastern city of Diffa, the government said. … Five people including “two known terrorists” were arrested near Niamey’s international airport on Saturday, the defense ministry said in a statement read on state radio on Monday, June 3.

These terrorists intended to perpetrate attacks in the city of Niamey or its environs,” the statement said. On Sunday, two attacks were thwarted in the Diffa area, according to the ministry.

Overnight, four would-be suicide bombers were “neutralized,” one near a fuel depot and three at the Diffa airport, the ministry said. Local officials had earlier said all four militants were killed near the depot, which stores oil and gas for the region.

Also in Diffa, an attack on a church was averted on Sunday morning, the defense ministry said. “The suicide bomber and his guide were arrested outside the church. They had an explosives belt and its detonator” as well as a firearm and ammunition, it said.

Meanwhile:

On June 7, the  Islamic extremist group Boko Haram kidnapped a Christian woman in the village of Kintchendi in the Diffa region in southeastern Niger. She was released yesterday [June 10] with  a letter to all the Christians living in that area to “leave the town within three days or be killed.”

Somalia

Somalia has been torn by war for over 25 years.

a car bomb exploded near the Somalia parliament on Saturday, killing eight people, emergency workers said, hours after militia executed nine civilians from a clan with suspected links to al-Shabaab.

We have confirmed eight people killed and 16 others wounded in the blast,” the private Aamin Ambulance service said. A second blast on a key road leading to the airport of the Somali capital Mogadishu did not cause any casualties.

Al-Shabaab claimed responsibility for the attacks saying they were “they were targeting two checkpoints, one of them along the airport road and (the other) along the road that leads to house of legislators.”

According to security sources the second explosives-laden car a Toyota Noah, was spotted by security forces at a checkpoint. They opened fire and killed a man in the car, which then exploded. …

Earlier Saturday, police said local militia executed nine civilians after Al-Shabaab killed a police officer.

The revenge attack Friday just outside Galkayo – one of the most developed cities in the centre of the country – targeted the Rahanweyn clan, several of whose members are suspected to be Shabaab fighters.

This was a horrible incident, a gruesome killing against nine unarmed innocent civilians in southern Galkayo. All of the civilians belong to one clan and the gunmen shot them dead in one location a few minutes after suspected Shabaab gunmen killed” a policeman, said local police official Mohamed Abdirahman.

This is an unacceptable act and we will bring those perpetrators to justice,” said Hussein Dini, a traditional elder.

Their killing cannot be justified. It seems that the merciless gunmen were retaliating for the security official who they believe was killed by Al-Shabaab gunmen belonging to the clan of the victims.”

Sudan

Street protests that started in late 2018 led to a coup this past April. The generals removed Omar al-Bashir from power. The street protests continued, however, with protesters saying, essentially, “we wanted the generals to take over, but not these generals.” The guys in power are al-Bashir’s old cronies. Things turned really ugly when police fired on protesters at the end of Ramadan:

Hopes of a peaceful transition of power took a fatal blow on June 3, when soldiers and paramilitary groups opened fire on a pro-democracy sit-in in Khartoum, according to witnesses, killing dozens of people and injuring hundreds. About 40 bodies were found to have been dumped in the River Nile after the attack.

In this case the protesters are all Muslims, so this is not jihad; it is just a military junta oppressing their own people. Beatings, political imprisonment, rape and murder have all been charged. This is a story that has appeared a little bit in some American media outlets. Less than one percent of Sudan’s population is not Muslim, and the non-Muslims are keeping their heads down as best they can.

 

South Sudan

South Sudan was torn by a very long civil war that culminated in independence from Sudan in 2011. At the end of 2013 a power struggle plunged South Sudan into a new civil war. Sudan is divided seven ways, primarily tribally.  In the midst of this chaos Sudan has occupied large portions of South Sudan’s oil fields. Cross border incursions have led to friction with Uganda. There has been violence, but I did not see anything there that could be attributed to jihad.

 

Wrapup

I counted 247 persons killed since the end of Ramadan two weeks ago in jihadi attacks in Africa. The summary above adds up to more than that because I included murders that occurred back in May.

Media silence. American mass media is failing to inform us. We have to inform each other.

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  1. Here are the links.

    Algeria

    Algeria is 99.5 % Muslim; there is no jihad going on there. Here is an account of the desperate situation facing a man who chose to convert to Christianity.

    https://www.opendoorsusa.org/christian-persecution/stories/your-faith-or-your-children-father-faces-impossible-choice-in-north-africa/

     

    Burkina Faso

    https://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/0/terror-burkina-faso-insurgents-brought-chaos-once-stable-francophone/

     

    https://www.opendoorsusa.org/christian-persecution/stories/4-killed-in-new-burkina-faso-church-attack-fourth-deadly-raid-in-4-weeks/

    Cameroon

    https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2019-06-13/cameroon-says-88-people-killed-in-suspected-boko-haram-attack

    Cameroon background:

    https://www.nrc.no/perspectives/2019/5-things-to-know-about-cameroons-three-crises/

    Internal strife:

    https://www.theguardian.com/world/2019/jun/04/hundreds-of-opposition-members-arrested-cameroon

     

    Central African Republic

    https://www.france24.com/en/20190522-armed-group-3R-militia-kills-dozens-central-african-republic-Koundjili-Djoumjoum-minusca

    This is how France 24 explained the violence:

    Armed groups, typically claiming to defend an ethnic or religious group, control about 80 percent of the CAR, often fighting over access to the country’s mineral wealth.

    Well, of course money is involved, but the origin of the violence was a 2012 coup in which Muslims overthrew the government because the country had elected a Christian president.

    Chad

    plots foiled:

    https://thedefensepost.com/2019/05/26/chad-journalist-soldiers-killed-ngounboua-iswap-boko-haram/

    warning:

    https://www.opendoorsusa.org/christian-persecution/stories/leave-or-be-killed-boko-haram-issues-warning-to-christians-in-niger/

    Egyptian tourist bus bombed May 20:

    https://abcnews.go.com/International/video/tourist-bus-bombed-close-egyptian-pyramids-63153048

    Attack in Sinai:

    https://thedefensepost.com/2019/06/05/egypt-security-forces-killed-sinai-arish/

     

    Kenya

    https://thedefensepost.com/2019/06/15/kenya-police-killed-ied-somalia-al-shabaab-mogadishu/

     

    Mali

    https://www.cnn.com/2019/06/10/africa/mali-village-massacre-sobane-intl/index.html

     

    Nigeria

    Appeal to President Trump for captive daughter:

    https://www.christianpost.com/news/mom-of-boko-haram-captive-who-refuses-to-deny-christ-pleads-to-trump-for-help.html

    CNN Boko Haram timeline:

    https://www.cnn.com/2014/06/09/world/boko-haram-fast-facts/index.html

    May 26 attacks.

    https://www.christianpost.com/news/christians-killed-by-suspected-fulani-gunmen-while-on-way-home-from-church-service.html

    anti-Boko Haram militia released captive child soldiers:

    https://www.cnn.com/2019/05/10/africa/boko-haram-children-freed-intl/index.html

     

    Niger

    warning:

    https://www.opendoorsusa.org/christian-persecution/stories/leave-or-be-killed-boko-haram-issues-warning-to-christians-in-niger/

     

    Senegal

    I did not see any violence from Senegal in the past couple of months. Senegal is 96 % Muslim, so there is little opportunity for jihad. Minority religions are oppressed there, but not any worse than average for minority religions in Muslim lands. Here is an interesting article about the madrassas of Senegal:

    https://www.economist.com/middle-east-and-africa/2019/06/13/thousands-of-children-are-abused-in-senegals-religious-schools

     

    Somalia

    https://thedefensepost.com/2019/06/15/kenya-police-killed-ied-somalia-al-shabaab-mogadishu/

     

    Sudan

    https://www.cnn.com/2019/06/10/africa/sudan-general-strike-protests-intl-hnk/index.html

     

    https://www.bbc.com/news/world-africa-48634150?intlink_from_url=https://www.bbc.com/news/topics/cq23pdgvgm8t/sudan&link_location=live-reporting-story

     

    South Sudan

    https://www.dw.com/en/extended-sanctions-and-renewed-fighting-in-south-sudan/a-48992079

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  2. I searched CNN and ABC News back to the middle of May using the search term “Muslim.” The results were overwhelmingly pro-Islam and left out the majority of the violence in Africa. Evidently murders across an entire continent by Muslim extremists is not newsworthy.

    Of course, this only reflects the sensibilities of American news consumers. I have learned that Americans place a really low value on African lives.

    The search at ABC News was really frustrating because their search function is so crappy. Stories that I stumbled across with one search would not turn up even if I specified keywords that should have got it, and this did not improve when I tried to Google for site:abcnews.go.com.

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  3. Wowser! You’re in the wrong business if you’re not a journalist.

    This is the most telling aspect of Islamists that truly defines the evil nature of their ways:

     But jihadis believe that most Muslims are not sufficiently adhering to Sharia, and they fight the government that occasionally tries to stop the Islamic State West Africa Province (ISWAP, a faction of Boko Haram) from crossing borders.

    Killing their own?

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  4. No surprise about the silence on the Christian persicution. No surprise about the silence on the murderous persecuters. We know who’s kingdom this world is.

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  5. EThompson:
    Wowser! You’re in the wrong business if you’re not a journalist.

    This is the most telling aspect of Islamists that truly defines the evil nature of their ways:

     But jihadis believe that most Muslims are not sufficiently adhering to Sharia, and they fight the government that occasionally tries to stop the Islamic State West Africa Province (ISWAP, a faction of Boko Haram) from crossing borders.

    Killing their own?

    Yeah, they do that a lot.

    All those deaths in Afghanistan?   Mostly it is Muslim jihadiis killing other Muslims.   We have some of our tough guys there trying to help the Muslim good guys, and the bad guys prize killing Americans most of all.   But most of their energy is spent killing Muslims.

    Though they killed over a hundred thousand Christians and Yezidis in Iraq and Syria, most of the dead were Muslims.   Most of the five million refugees are Muslims.

    Sunni and Shia Muslims have been at war with each other ever since the year 657 AD.   (The Houthi rebels in Yemen are Shia allies of Iran.   Hezbollah is a Shia ally of Iran.   They cooperate sometimes with Hamas, which is Sunni, but the only thing they agree on is killing Jews and Christians.)

    When you pay attention to what the jihadiis say about their own motivations, they only talk about their religious war on behalf of the future Caliphate that will rule the world.

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  6. Does anybody remember #BringBackOurGirls ?

    Over a hundred of the Chibok girls have never been heard from.

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  7. EThompson:
    Wowser! You’re in the wrong business if you’re not a journalist.

    I did it the hard way in part because I wanted to see how different sources portray the information, and to see which ones actually had these items (most do not).   Also, I wanted to concentrate on Africa.

    Even if you monitor Jihad Watch, you would miss about half of these items.   Part of the reason is that they are Euro-centric and include a lot of pro-Islam political shenanigans.   Part of the reason is that they seem to neglect Africa.   And the biggest reason is that there is just too much Muslim murder and mayhem for anyone to keep up with it all.

    https://www.jihadwatch.org/

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  8. Updates:

     Nigeria

    https://morningstarnews.org/2019/06/three-children-among-13-christians-killed-in-attacks-in-two-states-in-nigeria/

    Christian residents in Kaduna state’s Kauru County told Morning Star News that between 3 a.m and 4 a.m. well over 200 armed Muslim Fulani herdsmen invaded predominantly Christian Ungwan Rimi Kamuru village, killing 8-year-old Monday Yahaya, 9-year-old Zhime Danladi and Samson David, 15.  …A Kaduna police spokesman reportedly confirmed the killings….  Also in Kauru County, … “The Fulani herdsmen attacked Kikoba, a Christian village in Kauru LGA of Kaduna state, in the evening, around 5 p.m.,” [Matthew] Nasamu said in a text message to Morning Star News. “All houses were burned and razed down, farms were destroyed, and all the villagers are now displaced.”  In all, 93 houses belonging to Christians were burned, and farm crops were destroyed, he said.

    …in Riyom County, Plateau state, An attack on Kangbro village killed 25-year-old Gado Peter, Stephen Ziah, 60, and Adam Sabo, 65, said Miango resident Lawrence Zango in text messages to Morning Star News. A fourth Christian, Samson Audu Rivi, was receiving treatment for gunshots wounds at Enos Hospital, Miango, west of Jos.  Two church buildings were burned [one Protestant and one Catholic] alongside 185 houses in Kangbro village, said area resident Patience Moses, 23, in text messages to Morning Star News.  …  “185 houses were burnt and destroyed, while the entire Christian villagers who survived the attacks are now displaced.”

     

    Uganda

    https://morningstarnews.org/2019/06/part-of-christian-school-in-eastern-uganda-torn-down/

     

    One of two buildings of a Christian primary school in eastern Uganda was demolished after local Muslims who opposed it threatened “tough action,” sources said.

    The building containing three of Hope of Glory Primary School’s seven classrooms was destroyed before dawn on June 2 in predominantly Muslim Kabuna village, Budaka District, following a series of threats that area Muslims sent to the school, officials said. The private school offers instruction in primary grades one through seven.

     

    Positive development in Tanzania:

    https://www.theeastafrican.co.ke/news/ea/Tanzanian-court-sentences-3-to-death/4552908-5164936-6bvjbt/index.html

    A court in Tanzania has sentenced three Muslims to be hanged for decapitating four Christians in 2015 during an outbreak of violence fuelled by religion, a legal source said. The East African country maintains the death penalty on its statutes, although nobody has been executed since 1994.  High Court Justice Lameck Mlacha in the northwestern town of Bukoba on Wednesday found the three guilty of murder, the source in the court clerk’s office said, asking not to be named.  They killed their victims on November 11, 2015 and left headless bodies to be found at Katoma in the Bukoba district.

     Mali

    In Mali there was a public funeral for the victims I had reported on in the post above.   Here is an interesting quote, that reinforces my post from March in which I said that the violence was not so much strife between herders and farmers, nor strife between tribes, but it was Muslim aggression against non-Muslims.

    https://international.la-croix.com/news/children-slaughtered-in-mali/10363#

     

    President Ibrahim Boubacar Keïta of landlocked Mali in West Africa and Cardinal Jean Zerbo of Bamako on June 13 meditated at the graves of 35 people massacred four days earlier in the largely Catholic village of Sobane.  Twenty-four of those killed were children.

    “Dogons and Fulani are two communities that have always lived in perfect harmony,” Keïta said. 

    The president added that some people should rethink questionable views on the situation as it was more an “outgrowth” of terrorism impacting on the wider West African region.  “In any case, do not throw fuel on the fire: there is no inter-ethnic conflict,” Keïta said.

     

    For archival purposes, just in case anyone is interested in some background, here is my post from May March:

    https://www.ratburger.org/index.php/2019/03/21/nigerian-land-dispute/

     

     

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  9. Keep it coming, MJB! I’m still waiting for the post office to forward my mags and newspapers to new address.

    Thanks.

    P.S. I saw my first deer today- a fawn!

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