Three months after the kidnapping of hundreds of Nigerian schoolgirls, the Islamic militant leader behind the abduction surfaced in a video Sunday with a defiant and dismissive message. “‘Bring Back Our Girls.’ Ooooh! Bring back our army,” he says on the video, jeering at the Nigerian military.
CBS News For 90 days the families of the more than 200 girls had hoped for good news. Instead, their hopes were met with scorn in a new video from Boko Haram leader Abubaker Shekau, who mocks the “Bring Back Our Girls” campaign.
The social media campaign quickly drew worldwide attention to the plight of the Chibok schoolgirls. But just as quickly, it faded from the global spotlight. And in that time Boko Haram has stepped up its terror campaign. In the new video, Shekau claims responsibility for a June bomb blast in the capital, Abuja, which left 21 dead.
After undergoing jihadist training in California, Ali Muhammad Brown, 30, found his victims by using ‘Grindr’ – an application popular among Gays for hooking up. Following his Islamic faith which calls for executing homosexuals, Brown murdered Ahmed Said, 27, and Dwone Anderson-Young, 23, in cold blood.
Detectives say Said was shot multiple times in the face at close range and also in the back, as was Anderson-Young. There was no evidence of a struggle, the victims were not armed, and there`s no evidence it was motivated by robbery, drugs or any other crime. While no motive has been listed in the charges against Brown, police believe the two men were attacked simply because their sexual orientation offended Brown’s Muslim beliefs.
In the charging documents, police said they linked Brown to the slayings after finding his fingerprints and three spent 9mm shell casings inside Said’s car. The suspect is still at large.
What is that Muslims always tell us – there is no compulsion in Islam? A Nigerian man has been sent to a mental institute in Kano state after he declared that he did not believe in Allah. Mubarak Bala, 29, is said to have been forcibly medicated by his Muslim relatives, despite being given a clean bill of health by a doctor.
Kano is a mainly Muslim state and adopted Sharia (Islamic law) in 2000. The IHEU says that when Mr Bala told relatives he did not believe in Allah, they asked a doctor if he was mentally ill. Despite being told that he was not unwell, Mr Bala’s family then went to a second doctor, who declared that his atheism was a side-effect of suffering a personality change, the group says.