MAIDUGURI - Hundreds of Christians have begun to flee northern Nigeria
after dozens were killed in a series of attacks by Islamist militants
who issued an ultimatum to Christians to leave the mainly Muslim region
or be killed, witnesses said on Saturday.
A Nigerian newspaper on Tuesday published a warning from Boko Haram, a
movement styled on the Taliban, that Christians had three days to get
out of northern Nigeria.
Since the expiry of that ultimatum, attacks in towns in four states in
northeastern Nigeria have left at least 37 people dead and hundreds of
Christians are fleeing to the south, according to residents and a Red
Gunmen armed with Kalashnikovs have targeted church congregations and a group of mourners in a church hall.