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24 Killed in Boko Haram Attack

The Islamic military group known as Boko Haram struck again late on Sunday night killing 24 people and wounding many others. In this attack the perpetrators disguised themselves as preachers and drove in cars up to a mosque in an isolated village known as Kwajafa in the Borno state of Nigeria. After arriving, the perpetrators waited for the civilians to leave the mosque then open fired as they were walking out. Boko Haram’s six years of terror in the state of Nigeria was the main reason for Muhammadu Buhari’s victory over Goodluck Jonathan in Nigeria’s recent presidential election. Although much progress has been made in the fight against Boko Haram’s terror, the fact that these attacks are still taking place is a sign that the international community and the Nigerian government must do more to stop these insurgents.

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2 responses to “24 Killed in Boko Haram Attack

  1. anisalarochelle April 8, 2015 at 2:14 pm

    The atrocities in Nigeria that are occurring because of Boko Haram have been going on for far too long. Though these people were reported as being disguised as preaching Islamic word they were able to open fire in front of a mosque. The fact that it has taken the militaries of Chad, Cameroon and Niger in order to somewhat withhold the increase in territory and six years of these traumatic events, gives some credence to the Nigerian government’s lack of commitment to ending Boko Haram’s reign. The collaboration of other countries and the recent defeat of President Goodluck Jonathan may be a harbinger of the changing times in Nigeria and the ultimate eradication of Boko Haram.

  2. mtidona April 12, 2015 at 1:40 pm

    The defeat of President Goodluck Jonathan can be interpreted as a sign of progress and hopefully positive change for Nigeria. According to the article, President Goodluck Jonathan’s failure to end Boko Haram’s six-year insurgency and failure to protect civilians were major factors contributing to the victory of opposition candidate Muhammadu Buhari in last week’s election. This is significant because it is a sign of the people of Nigeria finally taking a strong stance for themselves against the insurgency. It is representative of the people’s refusal to allow the insurgency to continue to harm civilians and refusal to accept continued government failure to protect the people. It seems like the new president will be held to these standards as well, which will hopefully force Buhari to take stronger, more direct action against the insurgency group in order to end it. It will be interesting to see the decisions the new president makes and the actions he takes to make greater strides in defeating Boko Haram. It will also be interesting to see how the success of his actions are measured and how the people of Nigeria will respond accordingly.

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