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LAGOS, Nigeria (ChurchMilitant.com) - Boko Haram has a new leader who is saying they will bomb Christian churches and kill Christians in Africa while ending attacks on Muslim mosques and markets.
ISIS newspaper Al-Nabaa identified the leader as Abu Musab al-Barnawi, who is taking over as Boko Haram's new "wali," or governor, of what Boko Haram calls its West Africa Province. The previous wali was Abubakar Shekau.
Barnawi criticized the West for spreading Christianity to the African region and said that the charities are assisting the West.
"They strongly seek to Christianize the society," complained. "They exploit the condition of those who are displaced under the raging war, providing them with food and shelter and then Christianizing their children."
Barnawi went on to say that Boko Haram will retaliate against the West by "booby-trapping and blowing up every church that we are able to reach, and killing all of those whom we find from the citizens of the cross."
He said that Boko Haram is still a "force to be reckoned with" and that new recruits are being brought into the Islamic terrorist group. The Wali has titled the attacks from Boko Haram on the West African states as a Jihad and a war fought by the Islamic people against "apostates" and "crusaders."
Boko Haram ambushed a humanitarian convoy last week, killing three civilians, including a United Nations employee, and caused the suspension of U.N. aid to newly liberated but still dangerous areas of Nigeria's northeast.
Under the previous Boko Haram leader, Boko Haram had killed more than 20,000 people and driven 2.2 million from their homes. This created what aid workers called a catastrophic humanitarian emergency with children dying of starvation every day.