Nigeria: Islamisten befreien Gefängnisinsassen in Giwa, plündern Waffenarsenal und nehmen Maiduguri ein

Von Pfarrer John Bakeni, aus der Diözese Maiduguri, Nigeria

Von neuen Unruhen in Maiduguri berichtet Pfarrer John Bakeni aus der Diözese Maiduguri, Nigeria. Die islamistische Terror-Gruppe Boko Haram befreite an die tausend Verbündete aus den Militärbarracken in Giwa und plünderten das dortige Waffenarsenal am vergangenen Freitag. Die schwer bewaffneten Männer nahmen anschließend die Stadt Maiduguri ein. Pfarrer Bakeni spricht in seinem Bericht an missio über eine angsterfüllte und hoffnungslose Stimmung unter den dortigen Bewohnern. Selbst das Militär komme gegen diese Waffengewalt nicht an. Er bittet für die Menschen in Nigeria zu beten:

Boko Haram wütete bereits Ende Februar 2014 in der Diözese Maiduguri und zerstörte wie hier zu sehen Gebäude des Priesterseminars in Shuwa (Foto: Pfarrer Alex William aus Shuwa)

Boko Haram wütete bereits Ende Februar 2014 in der Diözese Maiduguri und zerstörte wie hier zu sehen Gebäude des Priesterseminars in Shuwa (Foto: Pfarrer Alex William aus Shuwa)

I am writing again to solicit your prayers. As Maiduguri was under siege by the Boko Haram terrorists. We just finished the Holy Mass yesterday (friday, 14.3.2014) at 7:30 am when we were greeted with the deafening sounds of Bomb explosions, Rocket propelled granites, and gun shots. There was confusion and pandemonium everywhere. The attack was specifically targeted at the Giwa Military Barracks with the aim of over-runing the Barracks, freeing their colleagues who are in custody and breaking the Armory of the Cantonment so that they can have enough ammunition to take over the entire city of Maiduguri.

“city of Maiduguri has been under curfew”

The terrorists succeeded in making their way into the barracks and freeing their men in custody who were in their thousands. They killed a few soldiers and civilians and set a few houses ablaze.There was sustained bomb explosions and gun shots for over 3 hours, until the arrival of the Alpha Jet fighter, that assisted in bombing the escaping terrorists and of course there were civilian casualties. The University of Maiduguri community was also affected, as there were bomb explosions too. The city of Maiduguri has been under curfew since yesterday (friday, 14.3.2014) except for pedestrians.

“military: they lack modern weaponry”

This morning (saturday, 15.3.2014) there were gunshots and explosions as the terrorists have regrouped and are bent on attacking again. We are all living in fear now, looking up to God and counting on your prayers. The military are doing there very best but they lack motivation and modern weaponry to counter these guys who are by far more sophisticated. We cannot ascertain the number of casualties at this moment but they are many.

“please pray for us”

As it is, tension, fear and hopelessness are what characterized our situation. Please pray for us in this moment of uncertainty. We remain hopeful and trusting in the Lord, counting on your prayers too.

 

 

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