Nigeria: Islamic jihadists murder 30 in wedding convoy, including the groom(thanks to Robert Spencer)
"Islamophobia is the biggest threat to peace in the world today." -- U.S. "academic" Kevin Barrett in Iran's state-run PressTV
"Nigeria official: Gunmen kill 30 in wedding convoy," by Ibrahim Abdulaziz for the Associated Press, November 3 (thanks to Lookmann):YOLA, Nigeria (AP) — Suspected Islamic militants attacked a wedding convoy in northeast Nigeria and killed more than 30 people including the groom, a state government spokesman said Sunday.
Military spokesman Lt. Col. Muhammed Dole said only five people were killed in Saturday’s attack on the highway between Gama and Gwoza towns in Borno state. That road runs alongside forests that are a known hideout of Islamic militants of the Boko Haram terrorist network.
But a minibus taxi driver said he passed many bodies on the road near Firgi village, where the wedding ceremony took place Saturday.
‘‘We saw a lot of dead bodies killed by gunshots and some by the roadside that appeared to have been slaughtered’’ with their throats slit, the driver, who asked to be identified only as Shaibu, told reporters Sunday in Maiduguri, the capital of Borno state.
Shaibu said his terrified passengers wanted to turn back, but ‘‘I took the risk ... and said God is in control.’’
Adamawa state spokesman Ahmad Sajoh said the wedding fatiha, the official Muslim ceremony, had taken place in Firgi village in neighboring Borno state and the groom and guests were driving home to Adamawa when they were attacked....
The uprising aimed at installing an Islamic state poses the greatest threat in decades to the cohesion of Nigeria, which is Africa’s biggest oil producer and most populous nation of more than 160 million people divided almost equally between the mainly Muslim north and predominantly Christian south.