Death Toll Climbs in Attack by Islamic Sect 12 Christians killed, 20 churches burned in Borno rioting prompted by extremist group. LAGOS, Nigeria, August 7 (CDN) With 12 Christians, including three pastors, confirmed killed in rioting ignited by an Islamic sect opposed to Western education, the Christian community in northern Nigerias Borno state is still counting its losses. The rioting instigated by an Islamic extremist sect known as Boko Haram, which initially attacked police and government bases, left hundreds of people dead and large property losses. Sharia (Islamic law) is already in force for Muslims in 12 northern states, but the sect is fighting to have it enforced more broadly in those states and to impose it throughout Nigeria. We are still taking inventory of how the crisis affected our members, but so far we have confirmed some of the Christians killed and churches burnt, Samuel Salifu, national secretary of the Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN), told Compass.