Killings, Kidnappings and Raids Continue to Plague Nigeria

The northern and central regions of Nigeria have been plagued with killings, kidnappings and raids over the past few months. News of at least another 91 people being kidnapped by Boko Haram militants in the northern area of Nigeria as well as Reuters reporting gunmen killing 18 in an attack on a village in the central region of the country.

Gunmen stormed a village in the northern Nigerian state of Kaduna overnight in another attack in Africa’s most populous country in recent months. The attack reportedly killed at least 18 people. The village that was attacked was located in southern Kaduna, where the predominantly Muslim north meets with the mostly Christian south in a volatile region known as the ‘central belt’.

This report comes out just hours after reports surfaced surrounding the kidnapping of at least 91 people, with at least 60 girls and women and 31 boys, in the northern region of the country. These attacks occurred over the weekend with children as young as 3 captured by the extremist militants of Boko Haram.

The African country has become recently volatile as a result of increased Islamic insurgency, which has occurred officially since 1999, from groups such as Boko Haram. These two separate events both also come shortly after the 2014 Chibok schoolgirl kidnappings and the 2014 Jos bombings. Both of these events gained major international recognition and response, with outrage directed at the militants involved.

The Jos bombings hit the old mining town of the same name, home to 900’000 citizens and the site of frequent clashes between Christians and Muslims in recent times. Detonating a first bomb inside a marketplace and the second at a bus station the attacks  killed at least 118 people and injured more than 56 others. With no group taking responsibility the international community has attributed the twin bomb attack to the African terror group Boko Haram.

Similarly the group is accused of the Chibok kidnappings. On the night of 14 April, approximately 276 female students were kidnapped from the Government Secondary School in the town of Chibok, a primarily Christian town of around 65’000 people. The terrorist group Boko Haram, based in the northern area of Nigeria, have formally claimed responsibility for the kidnappings. As of current 223 of the girls taken are still missing.

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