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As Boko Haram Advances in Nigeria, Neighbor States Are Drawn Into Fight
7/16/2015 3:27:54 PM

Special to the NNPA from the New York Amsterdam News

Despite threats to eliminate Boko Haram by Nigeria’s sitting president, Muhammadu Buhari, the insurgent group refuses to melt away. In fact, it has launched new deadly attacks in that country.

Two bombs blamed on Boko Haram exploded at a crowded mosque and at Shagalinku, an upscale Muslim restaurant in Nigeria’s central city of Jos. Officials estimated the death toll at 51.

Over the weekend, a woman suicide bomber blew herself up at a crowded evangelical Christian church in the northeastern city of Potiskum, killing six people. Some 32 churches and approximately 300 homes were torched during that time, according to the chair of a self-defense group in Borno State, Stephen Apagu.

This violence brings the total number of people killed in terrorist attacks last week to 300.

As the war widens, with fronts opening in neighboring Chad to the north and Cameroon to the south, the international community is giving little comfort to the new Nigeria administration, promising a token number of weapons and some intelligence sharing.

This is in part because of reports, including a major one by Amnesty International, charging the Nigerian military with responsibility for the violent deaths of more than 7,000 young men and boys in military detention.

Linda Thomas-Greenfield, U.S. assistant secretary of state for African affairs, and David Rodriguez, commander of U.S. Africa Command, made this known at a press conference last week.

Thomas-Greenfield said the American government will bring up the issue of support and collaboration in the context of human rights when Buhari visits later in the month.

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