Friday, April 17, 2015

Dozens of Al Qaeda Bombmakers May Be in U.S. as Refugees

Didn't these bombmakers get the memo from President Obama and Prime Minister Cameron that Islam is a religion of peace and tolerance?
ABC News—Several dozen suspected terrorist bombmakers, including some believed to have targeted American troops, may have mistakenly been allowed to move to the United States as war refugees, according to FBI agents investigating the remnants of roadside bombs recovered from Iraq and Afghanistan.

The discovery in 2009 of two al Qaeda-Iraq terrorists living as refugees in Bowling Green, Kentucky -- who later admitted in court that they'd attacked U.S. soldiers in Iraq -- prompted the bureau to assign hundreds of specialists to an around-the-clock effort aimed at checking its archive of 100,000 improvised explosive devices collected in the war zones, known as IEDs, for other suspected terrorists' fingerprints.

"We are currently supporting dozens of current counter-terrorism investigations like that," FBI Agent Gregory Carl, director of the Terrorist Explosive Device Analytical Center (TEDAC), said in an ABC News interview to be broadcast tonight on ABC News' "World News with Diane Sawyer" and "Nightline".

"I wouldn't be surprised if there were many more than that," said House Committee on Homeland Security Chairman Michael McCaul. "And these are trained terrorists in the art of bombmaking that are inside the United States; and quite frankly, from a homeland security perspective, that really concerns me."

As a result of the Kentucky case, the State Department stopped processing Iraq refugees for six months in 2011, federal officials told ABC News – even for many who had heroically helped U.S. forces as interpreters and intelligence assets. One Iraqi who had aided American troops was assassinated before his refugee application could be processed, because of the immigration delays, two U.S. officials said. In 2011, fewer than 10,000 Iraqis were resettled as refugees in the U.S., half the number from the year before, State Department statistics show. (Continue Reading.)

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Thursday, April 16, 2015

Pakistani Christian Teen Nouman Masih Dies after Being Set on Fire by Muslims

Does there ever come a point when we're allowed to openly discuss the ideology that leads to these daily atrocities?
Christian Post—The 15-year-old Pakistani Christian boy who was beaten and set on fire by two Muslim men last Friday after answering truthfully if he was a Christian, died Wednesday morning due to burns inflicted during the attack.

According to prominent Pakistani human rights attorney Sardar Mushtaq Gill, the young boy, Nouman Masih, was walking on his way to a cloth stitching job when he was approached by two Muslim men.

After answering when asked by the men whether he was a Muslim or Christian, the men beat him, chased him down, doused him in kerosene and set him on fire when he told them that he was a Christian. Doctors ruled that Masih's body was 55 percent burned.

Although doctors thought Masih might be able to survive his burns, Gill told The Christian Post on Wednesday that the hospital did not have the burn treatment facilities needed to treat the severity of Masih's wounds.

Masih died around 1:30 a.m. on Wednesday. (Continue Reading.)

Muslim Refugees Kill 12 Christians While Sailing to Italy

Are non-Muslims ever safe when there's a Muslim majority? Even on a boat ride?
Rome (CNN)—Muslims who were among migrants trying to get from Libya to Italy in a boat this week threw 12 fellow passengers overboard -- killing them -- because the 12 were Christians, Italian police said Thursday.

Italian authorities have arrested 15 people on suspicion of murdering the Christians at sea, police in Palermo, Sicily, said.

The original group of 105 people left Libya on Tuesday in a rubber boat. Sometime during the trip north across the Mediterranean Sea, the alleged assailants -- Muslims from the Ivory Coast, Mali and Senegal -- threw the 12 overboard, police said.

Other people on the voyage told police that they themselves were spared "because they strongly opposed the drowning attempt and formed a human chain," Palermo police said.

The boat was intercepted by an Italian navy vessel, which transferred the passengers to a Panamanian-flagged ship. That ship docked in Palermo on Wednesday, after which the arrests were made, police said.

The 12 who died were from Nigeria and Ghana, police said.

Thousands of people each year make the dangerous sea journey from North Africa to Europe's Mediterranean coast, often aboard vessels poorly equipped for the trip. Many of them attempt the voyage to flee war and poverty in Africa and the Middle East.

More than 10,000 people have arrived on Italian shores from Libya since last weekend alone, according to the Italian coast guard. (Continue Reading.)
To understand the Islamic view of Christians, watch this short video:

Sunday, April 12, 2015

ISIS Destroys Ancient Assyrian City of Nimrud

As always, ISIS plainly declares their religious reasons for their actions. As always, our leaders assure us that their actions have nothing to do with religion.
BAGHDAD–Islamic State militants hammered, bulldozed and ultimately blew up parts of the ancient Iraqi Assyrian city of Nimrud, destroying a site dating back to the 13th century B.C., an online militant video purportedly shows.

The destruction at Nimrud, located near the militant-held city of Mosul, came amid other attacks on antiquity carried out by the group now holding a third of Iraq and neighboring Syria in its self-declared caliphate. The attacks have horrified archaeologists and U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, who last month called the destruction at Nimrud "a war crime."

The seven-minute video, posted late Saturday, shows bearded militants using sledgehammers, jackhammers and saws to take down huge alabaster reliefs depicting Assyrian kings and deities. A bulldozer brings down walls, while militants fill barrels with explosives and later destroy three separate areas of the site in massive explosions.

"God has honored us in the Islamic State to remove all of these idols and statutes worshipped instead of Allah in the past days," one militant says in the video. Another militant vows that "whenever we seize a piece of land, we will remove signs of idolatry and spread monotheism." (Continue Reading.)

Friday, April 10, 2015

Brother Rachid Interviews C. L. Edwards on Converting to Islam and Leaving It

Here's the unstoppable Brother Rachid interviewing former Salafi Muslim C. L. Edwards.

Nine-Year-Old Yazidi Girl Pregnant after Being Raped by at Least Ten ISIS Jihadists

In case anyone has connections, my wife and I volunteer to adopt this little girl's baby.
Yazidi Refugee Camp
Iraq—Girls as young as nine are being raped and tortured by Islamic State militants, according to aid workers in Iraq.

Hundreds of Yazidi women and children who were taken hostage by the brutal regime were released this week after more than eight months in captivity.

But volunteers in huge make-shift refugee camps have given a distressing account of trauma and abuse at the hand of the jihadist group, which continues to wage a bloody war across the region.

Charity workers said one nine-year-old girl, who was left pregnant after being raped by at least 10 different men, was so young and weak she was likely to die during childbirth.

“Even a caesarean section is dangerous,” Yousif Daoud, a Canadian-based aid worker who recently returned from the region, said.

“The abuse she has suffered left her mentally and physically traumatised.”

The freed group of 200 girls and women was taken hostage last summer after intense fighting in northern Iraq.

Tens of thousands of Yazidis – a minority group based mainly in the Kurdistan region of the country – were attacked and besieged on a mountain side in August 2014.

Hundreds were killed during the fighting and estimates put the number of girls still being held by extremist fighters at up to 4,000.

Aid workers said releasing the 200-strong group of girls and women this week might have been done simply to shame them when they returned to their families.

“Sending back those girls and women is a way of shaming the whole community,” Mr Daoud said.

“I don’t know what the future would be for their babies.

“The girls and women don’t want them. They have suffered so much they just want to forget.

“If they are married, their husbands won’t take them back if they are pregnant. And it’s clear that the babies will never be accepted.” (Continue Reading.)
Here are ten Qur'an verses you need to know to understand ISIS:

John Thomas Booker Jr. (aka Mohammed Abdullah Hassan) Charged in Fort Riley Bomb Plot

Since politicians and the media absolutely refuse to understand jihad, and since they have no plan for dealing with the root cause of jihad, it seems we're being forced to accept jihad as the new norm.
Kansas City Star—Federal authorities charged a 20-year-old Topeka man Friday with plotting to bomb Fort Riley in league with, he believed, the so-called Islamic State.

John Thomas Booker Jr., also known as Mohammed Abdullah Hassan, was named with in three counts that alleged he planned on Friday to use a “weapon of mass destruction” to damage property at the U.S. Army Base near Junction City in a suicide mission.

He was arrested without incident 9 a.m. Friday. Conviction on any count could mean a sentence of life in prison. The charges were announced by U.S. Attorney Barry Grissom of Kansas.

“We face a continued threat from individuals within our own borders who may be motivated by a variety of causes,” said Grissom said in a news release. “Anyone who seeks to harm this nation and its people will be brought to justice.”

More than a year ago, court records contend, Booker posted on Facebook that “I will soon be leaving you forever so goodbye! I’m going to wage jihad and hopes that i die.” A few days later, according to the charges, he said “getting ready to be killed in jihad is a HUGE adrenaline rush!!”

That, the charges contend, prompted a tip to FBI agents who interviewed him.

Booker had enlisted in the U.S. Army with the intent to “commit an insider attack against American soldiers,” the court records allege he told FBI agents.

The court records say he talked of shooting other soldiers in basic training — although preferring “someone with power” rather than “privates” — or being deployed overseas and turning on Americans if he was told to kill a fellow Muslim.

But he apparently enlisted under a delayed entry program and never became a part of the Army.

Months later, in October 2014, the charges contend Booker came in contact with an FBI informant and said he wanted to be part of the Islamic State, sometimes referred to as the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant.

Authorities on Friday contended that Booker had created at least two videos — one filmed in front of a collection of bomb materials — rented a 10-foot-by-20-foot storage locker in Topeka and went to several retailers buying bomb materials.

But they said there was never a breach in security at Fort Riley. And the assembled bomb material was inert, incapable of explosion.

“I want to assure the public there was never any breach of Fort Riley Military Base,” said FBI Special Agent in Charge Eric Jackson. “Recently the Command Staff at Fort Riley has been working hand-in-hand with law enforcement to ensure the utmost security and protection for the men and women who serve our country, and the surrounding community that supports the base.”

Still, the court records contend Booker planned a specific route through the base and targeted particular buildings to be struck with a car bomb. He had identified a utility gate to the base chosen because Booker believed his entry would not easily be detected and he could find an area where the car bomb “would kill as many soldiers as possible,” the charges contend.

While he was making the final connections to arm the car bombs at that gate, the charges allege, he was arrested by the FBI.

The court document describes a man eager to go overseas to fight with the Islamic State and a willingness take his fight to “the White House right now.”

Booker told an informant that a “suicide bomb is his number one aspiration because he couldn’t be captured, all evidence would be destroyed, and he would be guaranteed to hit his target.” (Continue Reading.)
To understand jihad, watch this:

Thursday, April 9, 2015

Nabeel Qureshi vs. Shabir Ally: "What Is God Really Like, Tawhid or Trinity?"

Here's an excellent debate between Nabeel Qureshi and Shabir Ally that's sure to be a classic (though I suspect Christians will be sharing it much more than Muslims!).

Wednesday, April 8, 2015

Tuesday, April 7, 2015

Kareem Abdul-Jabbar's Conversion to Islam Led to Oppressive View of Women

One of the NBA's all-time greats, Muslim convert Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, has been defending Islam against criticisms arising from endless terrorist attacks. Actress Pam Grier, has the inside scoop on how Islam affected Abdul-Jabbar's view of women.
Breitbart—NBA legend Kareem Abdul-Jabbar was born Lew Alcindor in New York City on April 16, 1947. In 1971, at the age of 24, while playing for the Milwaukee Bucks, he converted to Islam and changed his name to one that means “the noble one, servant of the Almighty.” There was, however, an ugly side to Jabbar’s conversion to Islam — a troubling and oppressive attitude towards women.

According to actress Pam Grier’s 2010 autobiography, “Foxy: My Life In Three Acts,” she and Jabbar shared a passionate and serious relationship during the process of his religious conversion. Marriage was on the table. She had already met his parents, and their mutual destinies had launched.

Both were young. He was already a leading NBA scorer and had been named the NBA’s Rookie of the Year. She was 22, impossibly gorgeous, and on the cusp of launching an acting career that would eventually lead to her earning her own status as a legend.

The relationship abruptly changed when Lew asked her to start calling him Kareem. He had begun a conversion to what would become a lifelong commitment to Islam. Immediately, he demanded she stop working. “A conservative man at heart who was getting more so by the day,” Grier writes, “he didn’t want to see his girlfriend working.”

At the time Grier was working as a dancer in a nightclub. The type of work she was doing wasn’t the only issue. He did not want her working at all, and he also wanted her to convert to Islam. His faith told Jabbar he could date a non-Muslim, but not marry one. Her heart set on an education, she didn’t want to move to Milwaukee.

“If we get married, you don’t have to get an education,” was his reply, according to Grier. “I’ll take care of you.”

Grier with Abdul-Jabbar
Although she was a self-described feminist who believed education was the road to empowerment, Grier, who had been raised a Catholic but moved away from all religion, agreed to study the Koran. What she found she didn’t like. Jabbar tried to explain to her that the New Islam was different from what she was reading. To Grier it didn’t sound all that new.

“Then why is the woman, even in the ‘New Islam,’ supposed to walk behind the man. Why can’t we walk side by side?”

Jabbar’s answer to this and many other questions was, “That’s what Allah wants. The man is the leader. That is how it is written.”

He also told her she would be required to be chaperoned and wear a headscarf.

“The truth is that Kareem didn’t want me to work or get an education,” Grier summarizes. “He really just wanted me to be a good Muslim wife, bear his children, walk behind him, and keep my hair covered up with a head scarf. … From what I could see, once a woman converted to Islam and got married, she gave up her individual rights.”

Grier was bugged especially by the fact that in the Middle East some Muslim woman were living in a more progressive society that gave them more freedoms and allowed them to get an education. She writes, “[B]ut Kareem never told me about them. Either he didn’t know or he didn’t want me to know.”

There is no question that although she was conflicted, Grier was madly in love with Jabbar (she says they remain friends to this day) and desperate to find a way to reconcile herself to his rigid view of a woman’s place in the world.

She wanted to make it work.

Then the humiliations came.

One Saturday, Jabbar invited a group of fellow Islamic converts over. Grier expected to spend the day enjoying everyone’s company. These were her friends too, but this was the first time she had seen them since their conversion.

They refused to hug her. They pulled away from her touch as though she were diseased. Then came the real humiliation.

“I wasn’t supposed to speak to them at all, unless I was answering a specific question. I stood there awkwardly, when Kareem said in a quiet voice, ‘You’re supposed to leave the room now, Pam.'”

“For how long?” She asked.

“Until I ask you come back or my friends leave,” was his reply.

Humiliated, she sat alone in the bedroom until Jabbar came in and asked her to make the group sandwiches. She obliged, and after serving the men, Jabbar said, “You have to go now. You can take a sandwich with you.” (Continue Reading.)
To learn more about Islam's view of women, watch this short introduction:

Monday, April 6, 2015

Kenya University Massacre Mastermind Abdirahim Mohammed Abdullahi Was Law School Student, Son of Government Official

The official position of the Obama Administration is that terrorist attacks are the result of joblessness and poverty. Again and again, however, we see wealthy, educated Muslims becoming terrorists. Our leaders are denying reality.
GARISSA, Kenya (AP) — One of the gunmen who slaughtered 148 people at a college in Kenya was identified Sunday as the law-school-educated son of a Kenyan government official, underscoring the inroads Islamic extremists have made in recruiting young people to carry out attacks against their own country.

Abdirahim Mohammed Abdullahi, who was killed by security forces Thursday along with the three other militants who stormed Garissa University College, was the son of a government chief in Mandera County, which borders Somalia, Interior Ministry spokesman Mwenda Njoka told The Associated Press.

The chief had reported his son missing last year and feared he had gone to Somalia, Njoka said.

Somalia's al-Shabab militant group claimed responsibility for the bloodbath, saying it was retribution for Kenya's sending of troops to Somalia to fight the extremists. The attackers separated Christian students from Muslim ones and massacred the Christians. (Continue Reading.)

Sunday, April 5, 2015

The Resurrection of Jesus

Here's an excellent series of short videos on the evidence for the resurrection of Jesus, along with responses to common objections. The videos feature William Lane Craig, Gary Habermas, Mike Licona, Amy Orr-Ewing, and N. T. Wright.

The Resurrection of Jesus: Why It Matters

Does Science Show That Jesus' Resurrection Is Impossible?

How Can We Know about Jesus' Resurrection When It Happened So Long Ago?

Did Belief in Jesus' Resurrection Arise through Legend?

Was the Resurrection Story Copied from Pagan Myths?

Did Jesus Die by Crucifixion, or Did He Merely Pass Out?

Did Jesus' Followers Lie about Seeing Him?

Did Jesus' Followers Hallucinate?

Was Jesus' Tomb Found Empty?

What Difference Does Jesus' Resurrection Make?

What about Contradictions in Biblical Narratives of the Resurrection?

Friday, April 3, 2015

Philadelphia Muslimah Keonna Thomas Arrested for Attempting to Join ISIS

Keonna Thomas is a devout Muslim woman living in Philadelphia. Somehow, she became convinced that Allah wants Muslims to become martyrs. Our leaders, of course, continue to assure us that the desire for martyrdom can't possibly have anything to do with Muhammad's teachings:
Sahih al-Bukhari 2785—Narrated Abu Hurairah: A man came to Allah’s Messenger and said, “Guide me to such a deed as equals Jihad (in reward).” He replied, “I do not find such a deed.”

Sahih al-Bukhari 2787—“Allah guarantees that He will admit the Mujahid in His Case into Paradise if he is killed, otherwise He will return him to his home safely with rewards and war booty.”

Sahih al-Bukhari 2795—Narrated Anas bin Malik: The Prophet said, “Nobody who dies and finds good from Allah (in the Hereafter) would wish to come back to this world, even if he were given the whole world and whatever is in it, except the martyr who, on seeing the superiority of martyrdom, would like to come back to the world and get killed again (in Allah’s cause).”

Sahih al-Bukhari 2796—Narrated Anas: The Prophet said, “A single endeavor (of fighting) in Allah’s cause in the afternoon or in the forenoon is better than all the world and whatever is in it.”

Sahih al-Bukhari 2797—Narrated Abu Hurairah: The Prophet said, . . . “By Him in Whose Hands my soul is! I would love to be martyred in Allah’s Cause and then come back to life and then get martyred, and then come back to life again and then get martyred and then come back to life again and then get martyred.”
Instead, Keonna's decision to become a martyr must be the result of her job situation.
PHILADELPHIA (AP)—A Philadelphia woman was arrested Friday on charges she tried to join and martyr herself for the Islamic State group, a day after two women in New York were charged with plotting to wage jihad by building a bomb and using it for a Boston Marathon-type attack.

Keonna Thomas, 30, was preparing to fly to Spain with hopes of reaching Syria to fight with the terror group, authorities said. Instead, she was arrested at her family's town house in a public housing development, which has three small U.S. flags adorning the porch.

Authorities said she communicated with an Islamic State group fighter in Syria who asked if she wanted to be part of a martyrdom operation. She told the fighter that the opportunity "would be amazing, ... a girl can only wish," according to the documents.

A federal magistrate ordered Thomas held pending a detention hearing Wednesday. Prosecutors will oppose bail.

Last month, Thomas bought a ticket to fly to Barcelona on March 29. She likely planned to take a bus to Istanbul and then reach Syria, according to an FBI affidavit filed in the case. Authorities put a stop to the trip when they raided her house March 27.

In court, Thomas wore a burqa as she acknowledged she understood the charge against her - attempting to provide material support and resources to a foreign terrorist organization. She was appointed a public defender, who did not comment on the charge.

Thomas appeared to show little emotion as she was led out of the house Friday morning in handcuffs, neighbor Ronni Patterson said. Patterson said she had seen investigators searching the home, where Thomas appeared to live with her mother and grandmother, a week ago.

"She came and went. She didn't bother no one," the neighbor said. (Continue Reading.)
Here's a pop quiz for potential world leaders on why Muslim women like Keonna Thomas decide to seek martyrdom:

Thursday, April 2, 2015

Noelle Velentzas and Asia Siddiqui Charged in ISIS-Inspired New York City Terrorist Plot

I live in the Bronx, but I go to church in Queens, and my kids go to school in Queens. Yet for some reason, if I'm at all perturbed about terrorist plots in Queens, I'm sure to be labeled a "racist," a "bigot," and an "Islamophobe."

Strange times we live in.
NEW YORK (CBSNewYork)–Two New York City women inspired by ISIS were arrested Thursday for plotting to build a homemade bomb, authorities said.

Noelle Velentzas, 28, and Asia Siddiqui, 31, conspired to prepare an explosive device they planned to detonate in a terror attack in the U.S., according to court documents.

Until recently, Velentzas and Siddiqui were roommates from Queens. They are expected to appear in federal court in Brooklyn later Thursday afternoon.

“We are committed to doing everything in our ability to detect, disrupt, and deter attacks by homegrown violent extremists,” stated U.S. Attorney Loretta Lynch. “As alleged, the defendants in this case carefully studied how to construct an explosive device to launch an attack on the homeland. We remain firm in our resolve to hold accountable anyone who would seek to terrorize the American people, whether by traveling abroad to commit attacks overseas or by plotting here at home.”

Siddiqui was in possession of several propane gas tanks as well as instructions on how to turn them into explosive devices, according to the complaint.

“These defendants allegedly engaged in sustained efforts to obtain bomb-making instructions and materials, including using instructions provided by al-Qaeda’s online magazine,” said Police Commissioner Bill Bratton.

Siddiqui was also known as “Najma Samaa” and “Murdiyyah,” according to the complaint.

Valentzas praised the 9/11 terror attacks to an undercover operative, according to the complaint, saying being a martyr in a suicide attack guarantees entrance into heaven. Valentzas used a picture of Usama bin Laden holding an AK-47 as the background image on her cell phone, according to the complaint.

Valentzas took an interest in pressure cookers following the Boston Marathon bombing, according to the complaint.

Valentzas also allegedly considered attacking the funeral for slain officers Wenjian Liu and Rafael Ramos, according to the complaint.

“If we get arrested, the police will point their guns at us from the back and maybe from the front,” Valentzas allegedly said. “If we can get even one of their weapons, we can shoot them.”

Siddiqui was close with a prominent member of Al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula, according to the complaint, and repeatedly was in contact with the terror group.

Valentzas researched chemistry and how to build explosives at libraries and online, according to the complaint. The two also studied instructions on how to build a car bomb found in an Al Qaeda propaganda magazine.

Valentzas watched ISIS beheading videos on the Internet, the complaint alleges. She also visited the CBS New York website to read an article on a bill that would outlaw homemade explosives.

“If [the government] was to put all the information about the three of us together, we legitimately, to these people, look like a cell,” Valentzas allegedly said, referring to Siddiqui and an undercover operative. (Continue Reading.)
To undestand jihad, watch this:

Al-Shabaab Attack in Kenya Leaves at Least 70 Dead, 79 Injured

Al-Shabaab is killing in the name of Allah. The Taliban is killing in the name of Allah. Al-Qaeda is killing in the name of Allah. ISIS is killing in the name of Allah. Boko Haram is killing in the name of Allah. They're all quoting Allah and Muhammad to justify the killings. Yet we're still not allowed to have an open, honest discussion about the commands of Allah and Muhammad.
NAIROBI, Kenya—Gunmen attacked a university campus in eastern Kenya early Thursday, clashing with guards, forcing their way into dormitories, taking hostages and singling out non-Muslims, the police said.

At least 70 people were killed in the attack and 79 more were injured, the Kenya National Disaster Operation Center said in a Twitter message.

Kenyan security forces surrounded the campus of Garissa University College and clashed with the gunmen throughout the day, eventually cornering them in one dormitory, officials said. Abdikadir Sugow, the spokesman for the Garissa county government, said the gunmen were seen wearing “combat gear,” including what appeared to be “either bulletproof vests or suicide bomb vests.”

The Shabab, an extremist group based in Somalia, issued a statement through a radio station it controls claiming responsibility for the attack. It said its fighters attacked the university early Thursday morning, began separating Muslims from non-Muslims and started an “operation against the infidels.” The group said in its statement that its fighters were still inside the university. (Continue Reading.)

Police Arrest Two Muslim Women in New York City Bomb Plot

Can we talk about Islam yet?
Reuters—U.S. authorities have arrested two women over an alleged bomb plot targeting the New York City area, ABC News reported on Thursday.

The two women were allegedly "being radicalized" by the Islamic State militant group, ABC said. (Source)
To understand why these women would support ISIS and attempt to bomb New York City, watch this:

Wednesday, April 1, 2015

Engaging with Islam Training Course

Here is a training course I have just finished making.

Boko Haram Beheads 23 People in Kano, Nigeria

How many more people have to be beheaded before we can have an open, honest discussion about Islam?
Kano, Nigeria (CNN)—Suspected Boko Haram gunmen decapitated 23 people in a raid on Buratai village in northeast Nigeria's Borno state, residents and a politician said Saturday.

Scores of attackers invaded the village at 11 p.m. Friday when residents were mostly asleep and set homes on fire, hacking residents who tried to flee.

"‎The gunmen slaughtered their 23 victims like rams and decapitated them. They injured several people," said Ibrahim Adamu, a local politician who fled.

"They burned a large part of the village and we are afraid some residents were burnt in the homes because most people had gone to bed when the gunmen struck," said Adamu, a ward councilor in the village.

A paramedic ‎at a government hospital in the nearby town of Biu said 32 people from Buratai were taken to the hospital with gunshot wounds and burns.

"The injured victims said a lot of people were beheaded by the attackers," the paramedic said. (Continue Reading.)