CAIRO – America’s largest civil rights group has vehemently condemned Boko Haram’s kidnapping of more than 200 schoolgirls as "un-Islamic and obscene", following a threat by the militant group’s leader to “sell” those girls.
"It is almost impossible to express the level of disgust felt by American Muslims at the un-Islamic and obscene actions of the terrorist group Boko Haram for the kidnapping and threat to 'sell' hundreds of Nigerian schoolgirls,” the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) said in a statement obtained by OnIslam.net.
Nearly 234 schoolgirls were kidnapped by the extremist militants while being at school in the Chibok area of Borno State on Monday, April 14.
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The kidnapping occurred the same day as a bomb blast, also blamed on Boko Haram, that killed 75 people on the edge of Abuja and marked the first attack on the capital in two years.
The militants repeated that attack a week later in almost exactly the same spot, killing 19 people and wounding 34 in the suburb of Nyanya.
The abduction was widely condemned by Nigerian officials as well as religious groups.
Al-Haji Sa’ad Abubakar III, who is the sultan of Sokoto, has also called for prayers and intensified efforts to release the innocent girls from Boko Haram militants.
On Monday, May 5, Boko Haram leader Abubakar Shekau admitted kidnapping the girls in a video obtained by the Agence France Presse (AFP), threatening to sell them in the market.
CAIR also renewed its condemnation of Boko Haram's decade-long campaign of violence and intimidation targeting Christians and Muslims, urging the Nigerian authorities to take required measures to return the girls to their families.
“We urge authorities in Nigeria and throughout the region to do everything they can to return the girls safely to their families and to eliminate the threat to peace and security posed by Boko Haram," the statement added.
CAIR condemnation to Boko Haram un-Islamic actions is not the first.
In 2011, CAIR condemned bomb attacks on churches in Nigeria that left at least 35 people dead and many more injured.
Boko Haram, a Hausa term meaning “Western education is sinful”, is loosely modeled on Afghanistan's Taliban.
The militant group says it is fighting enemies who have wronged its members through violence, arrests or economic neglect and corruption.
It has been blamed for a campaign of shootings and bombings against security forces and authorities in the north since 2009.
But recently, the sect has carried out attacks against Christians and Muslims alike.
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