Suspected Boko Haram Militants Kidnap Around 80 in Cameroon


Originally posted on TIME:

Suspected fighters from the Nigerian Islamist group Boko Haram kidnapped around 80 people Sunday, over half of whom were children, during a cross-border attack in neighboring Cameroon, officials said.

The kidnappings were the largest in Cameroon since the terrorist group began expanding its operations to adjacent countries, including Chad, Reuters reports. Three people were also killed during the attacks.

“According to our initial information, around 30 adults, most of them herders, and 50 young girls and boys aged between 10 and 15 years were abducted,” an army officer in Cameroon told Reuters.

Cameroon government spokesperson Issa Tchiroma has confirmed the attacks, though he said the exact number of people kidnapped during the attacks is not known.

Boko Haram has made advances in recent weeks with an assault on the multinational military base of Baga in northeast Nigeria, as the group seeks to disrupt the upcoming Presidential elections. The Nigerian…

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Nigeria: Boko Haram – The Rising Scourge of an ISIS Ally


The links below are to articles that take a look at the growing relationship between ISIS and Boko Haram.

For more visit:-
http://www.christiantoday.com/article/the.changing.shape.of.boko.haram/45933.htm
- http://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2015/jan/14/boko-haram-embraces-islamic-state-model-for-extrem/

Satellite images show Boko Haram’s destruction in Nigeria and it’s far worse than anyone realized


Originally posted on Quartz:

While last week’s international news was dominated by the terrorist attacks in Paris that left 17 dead, a larger massacre in a less-watched part of the world went relatively unnoticed. Until now. Human rights groups released satellite images this week that show what they say is indisputable proof of deadly attacks carried out during early January by the Islamist militants from Boko Haram in northeastern Nigeria.

The before-and-after images show the extent of the scorched-earth tactics used by  Boko Haram, the watch groups said. An analysis by Amnesty International of images taken on Jan. 2 and Jan 7. found that 3,700 structures were damaged or completely destroyed in the town of Baga and the neighboring Doron Baga (also known as Doro Gowon). According to Human Rights Watch, the exact death toll in Baga and 16 surrounding villages is difficult to establish, with estimates ranging from “dozens to 2,000.”

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Boko Haram Militants Are Back on the Attack in Nigeria as a Presidential Election Looms


Originally posted on TIME:

As thousands of supporters clad in the red, white and green of Nigerian President Goodluck Jonathan’s People’s Democratic Party thronged the formal launch rally of his reelection campaign in Lagos on Thursday, thousands more were fleeing for their lives in the country’s northeast, where an ongoing militant offensive, launched on Jan. 3, has killed scores. Such twinned scenes of jubilation and carnage are likely to be a regular feature in Nigeria over the coming weeks, as the country gears up for Presidential and general elections on Feb. 14,—even as the Boko Haram militant group gains ground in a campaign that took more than 10,000 lives last year, and has driven more than 1.5 million people from their homes.

Residents of Baga, a small town on the shores of Lake Chad, and some sixteen surrounding villages fled on foot or by boat as members of Boko Haram razed buildings and stalked…

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Islamic Persecution of Christians


The link below is to an article that takes a look at recent Islamic persecution of Christians around the world, particularly Nigeria.

For more visit:
http://www.gatestoneinstitute.org/4986/nigeria-churches-destroyed

Everything to Know About Boko Haram’s Advance in Nigeria


Originally posted on TIME:

The Nigerian militant group Boko Haram has roared back into the headlines in recent days, with a series of boldattacks on remote villages in the country’s northeast, culminating with an assault on a multinational military base near a town called Baga on the shores of Lake Chad over the weekend.

Refugees fled on boats, while the last bastion of government control in the northern part of Borno State erupted into flames. As the uptick in attacks seems poised to disrupt the upcoming Presidential elections slated for Feb. 14, here’s everything you need to know about Boko Haram’s advance, and why its ambitions extend way beyond kidnapping schoolgirls:

Why are we seeing so many attacks in Nigeria’s northeast?

Borno State has long been a hotbed for Boko Haram supporters. Since the Islamist group started gaining strength in 2011, the militants and the military have traded control of many of the…

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Nigeria: Persecution News Update


The link below is to an article reporting on persecution news from Nigeria.

For more visit:
https://www.mnnonline.org/news/fulani-herdsmen-attack-village-kill-10-christians/

Nigeria: Persecution News Update


The link below is to an article reporting on persecution news from Nigeria.

For more visit:
http://morningstarnews.org/2014/12/islamist-herdsmen-mercenaries-attack-christians-in-benue-nigeria-from-nasarawa/