Islamic extremists begin occupying churches in Nigeria

NAIROBI, KENYA (TAB, RNS) — Infamous for abducting more than 200 girls in Nigeria’s Borno State, Islamic group Boko Haram has begun occupying churches in the country’s northeastern region. Local church leaders and analysts view the group as an African variation of the Islamic State since Boko Haram also is beheading men, forcing Christian women to convert to Islam and taking them as wives, according to officials. “Things are getting pretty bad,” said John Bakeni, the secretary of the Maiduguri Roman Catholic diocese in northeastern Nigeria. “A good number of our parishes in Pulka and Madagali areas have been overrun in the last few days.” Boko Haram has turned the St. Denis Parish in Madagali into their base after overrunning the church in late August.

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