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Boko Haram in Nigeria
« on: January 09, 2015, 08:19:52 AM »
Sky News have just discussed an article in today's 'Times' - Page 34.
More than 2000 people have been randomly slaughtered in the streets of a Northern town, Baga.
Unbelievable - how can people do this ?
I used to visit 'Birnin Kebbi' near Sokoto (30 years ago) where the influential, Sultan of Sokoto has a home.
My Wife left her handbag on the front seat of our unlocked car - we walked around the town for an hour or two being welcomed by all and surrounded by laughing kids. On return the bag was there.
Different days - such a contrast with the mindless bitterness and vicious action now.
How are people turned into such monsters ?
 

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Re: Boko Haram in Nigeria
« Reply #1 on: January 09, 2015, 09:16:37 AM »
Roger,  the answer to your question:-

Islam
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Re: Boko Haram in Nigeria
« Reply #2 on: January 09, 2015, 11:13:14 AM »
TT.
Or Islam and extremists.
Something fuels the flames ?
It is truly appalling.
 

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Re: Boko Haram in Nigeria
« Reply #3 on: January 09, 2015, 04:41:07 PM »
Nigeria seems to be the invisible conflict, perhaps because it has not yet spread beyond the region and affected 'the West'.

Whilst Islam is the tactic reason for these inhuman acts, at an individual level it seems more an issue of power and wealth - a dramatic grab for power, control (and ultimately wealth) disguised by religion. Is this really very different to the communist/ capitalist conflicts played out in Africa in the 1960's, 70's and 80's: look at the slaughter they spawned, and the dictators created. I can't see these modern 'caliphs' as different - once they have the power and money, watch it vanish into secret accounts.....
 

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Re: Boko Haram in Nigeria
« Reply #4 on: January 09, 2015, 05:09:55 PM »
ck if only what you are saying were  true.  The problem would be easy to solve if these people were mere criminals but this is not the case.  The Islamists are not concerned about wealth.  All they are interested in is imposing their medieval way of life on the world.  This includes stonings, amputations and female genital mutilation amongst other horrors.  I was not too surprised to read the Guardian today and to see several hand wringing articles saying we must not blame Islam or Muslims.  Unfortunately the West has been silently invaded by the Islamists and it is difficult to see a happy ending.
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Re: Boko Haram in Nigeria
« Reply #5 on: January 09, 2015, 05:48:17 PM »
TT - I remember having a discussion with an old friend over five years ago regarding the problem faced by France: sadly his prediction, that France would become Europe's front-line in a developing religious war, has come true. 10% of the population Muslim, significant youth unemployment, a world with fast and easy travel connections (to even the most troubled areas), piped-in rantings of whatever flavour you like on tap via YouTube. Worse stuff (graphically showing your 'brothers' saving their souls) on even more extreme websites. All fodder to fuel what has come to pass.

I think the two brothers in France have a plan to try and take out as many police officers as they can. They know they can't escape. I think they will try and draw in a large force and then try something 'spectacular'. I sincerely hope the French police (who I think are some of the best in the world) have the minds of these maniacs well-read, and have a strategy to contain them (dead or alive).
 

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Re: Boko Haram in Nigeria
« Reply #6 on: January 09, 2015, 05:59:03 PM »

I think the two brothers in France have a plan to try and take out as many police officers as they can. They know they can't escape. I think they will try and draw in a large force and then try something 'spectacular'. I sincerely hope the French police (who I think are some of the best in the world) have the minds of these maniacs well-read, and have a strategy to contain them (dead or alive).
yes ck,i'm sure too the french police are on the ball, it has been reported they have a women hostage, how do you deal with people who say we are ready to die. ( Suspects 'tell negotiators we are ready to die as martyrs') that poor woman
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Re: Boko Haram in Nigeria
« Reply #7 on: January 09, 2015, 07:17:37 PM »
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To isolate and remove the individual threats needs access, visibility and precision.

The French special police are amongst the best in the world: I have faith that they can achieve the best possible result.
 

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Re: Boko Haram in Nigeria
« Reply #8 on: January 09, 2015, 07:30:50 PM »
I also think the French police/ security service do exactly the right thing: they should total force, and total solidarity.

But not to forget the journalists lost in this barbarous act.    JE SUIS CHARLIE

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I know it may seem trivial, but unless you comment, freedom of speech is eroded. You are a 'bit' in a 'megabit' world.
 

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Re: Boko Haram in Nigeria
« Reply #9 on: January 10, 2015, 12:34:27 PM »
well done to the french police what a relief

Relief in Dammartin at outcome of France terror siege

As police launched their assault on the print works at Dammartin-en-Goele where the two suspects had been holed up, the Kouachi brothers charged out and opened fire, according to the Paris prosecutor. They were killed in the shootout.

http://www.euronews.com/2015/01/09/relief-in-dammartin-at-outcome-of-france-terror-siege/

Relief in Dammartin at outcome of France terror siege
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Re: Boko Haram's 'deadliest massacre'
« Reply #10 on: January 10, 2015, 05:49:29 PM »
Boko Haram's 'deadliest massacre': 2,000 feared dead in Nigeria

Amnesty International calls the killings ‘a disturbing and bloody escalation’ and a local defence group says its fighters have given up trying to count the bodies

Hundreds of bodies – too many to count – remain strewn in the bush in Nigeria from an Islamic extremist attack that Amnesty International described as the “deadliest massacre” in the history of Boko Haram.

Fighting continued on Friday around Baga, a town on the border with Chad where insurgents seized a key military base on 3 January and attacked again on Wednesday.

“Security forces have responded rapidly, and have deployed significant military assets and conducted air strikes against militant targets,” said a government spokesman.

District head Baba Abba Hassan said most victims are children, women and elderly people who could not run fast enough when insurgents drove into Baga, firing rocket-propelled grenades and assault rifles on town residents.

“The human carnage perpetrated by Boko Haram terrorists in Baga was enormous,” Muhammad Abba Gava, a spokesman for poorly armed civilians in a defence group that fights Boko Haram, told the Associated Press.

He said the civilian fighters gave up on trying to count all the bodies. “No one could attend to the corpses and even the seriously injured ones who may have died by now,” Gava said.

An Amnesty International statement said there are reports the town was razed and as many as 2,000 people killed.

If true, “this marks a disturbing and bloody escalation of Boko Haram’s ongoing onslaught,” said Daniel Eyre, Nigeria researcher for Amnesty International.

The previous bloodiest day in the uprising involved soldiers gunning down unarmed detainees freed in a 14 March 2014 attack on Giwa military barracks in Maiduguri city. Amnesty said then that satellite imagery indicated more than 600 people were killed that day.

The attacks come five weeks away from presidential elections which are likely to trigger even more bloodshed. Already under a state of emergency, the three north-eastern states worst hit by Boko Haram asked the central government for more troops earlier this week. The government has said voting will take place across Borno state although the worsening insecurity means few international observers are likely to get clearance to oversee voting in an area that is traditionally opposition-supporting.

Around 1.5 million people have been displaced by the violence, many of whom will not be able to vote in the polls under Nigeria’s current electoral laws.

Boko Haram also appears to be regionalising the conflict, after threatening neighbouring Cameroon in a video earlier this week.

The government has made no official comment on the alleged massacres. President Goodluck Jonathan skimmed security issues when he relaunched his re-election bid in front of thousands of cheering supporters in the economic capital, Lagos, on Thursday.

The five-year insurgency killed more than 10,000 people last year alone, according to the Washington-based Council on Foreign Relations. More than a million people are displaced inside Nigeria and hundreds of thousands have fled across its borders into Chad and Cameroon.

Emergency workers said this week they are having a hard time coping with scores of children separated from their parents in the chaos of Boko Haram’s increasingly frequent and deadly attacks.

Just seven children have been reunited with parents in Yola, capital of Adamawa state, where about 140 others have no idea if their families are alive or dead, said Sa’ad Bello, the coordinator of five refugee camps in Yola.

He said he was optimistic that more reunions will come as residents return to towns that the military has retaken from extremists in recent weeks.

Suleiman Dauda, 12, said he ran into the bushes with neighbours when extremists attacked his village, Askira Uba, near Yola last year.

“I saw them kill my father, they slaughtered him like a ram. And up until now I don’t know where my mother is,” he told the Associated Press at Daware refugee camp in Yola.

theguardian.com
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Re: 10-year-old girl 'suicide bomber' kills at least 16 in Nigeria
« Reply #11 on: January 11, 2015, 12:29:02 PM »
10-year-old girl 'suicide bomber' kills at least 16 in Nigeria

Maiduguri lies in the heartland of Boko Haram insurgency; Insurgency challenge to President Goodluck Jonathan, seeking re-election
A bomb strapped to a girl aged around 10-years-old exploded in a busy market place in the Nigerian city of Maiduguri on Saturday, killing at least 16 people and injuring more than 20, security sources said.

"The explosive devices were wrapped around her body and the girl looked no more than 10-years-old," a police source said.

Maiduguri, the capital of northern Borno state, lies in the heartland of an insurgency by Islamist militant group Boko Haram, and is often hit by bomb attacks.

A Nigerian security source said the bomb went off at 12:15 p.m. (1115 GMT). The girl was killed and the bodies of at least 16 victims were counted in one hospital by mid-afternoon, civilian joint task force member Zakariya Mohammed told Reuters.

"Right now, there are 27 injured people in Borno Medical Hospital, while more were taken to other hospitals," he said.

The northeastern states of Borno, Yobe and Adamawa are bearing the brunt of a five-year-old insurgency by Boko Haram, which wants to revive a medieval caliphate in Nigeria, Africa's most populous country and its biggest energy producer.

Last year more than 10,000 people died in the violence, according to an estimate by the Council on Foreign Relations.

Militants torch buildings in Yobe state capital

About 130 km (80 miles) away in the Yobe state capital Damaturu, the Army subdued an Islamist militant attack on Friday evening, but not before militants had torched several buildings, a Reuters reporter in the city and witnesses said.

The Reuters witness saw a number of burnt buildings, including a police station and a mosque in the Abacha market, along with several shops.

Defence spokesman Major General Chris Olukolade said that five soldiers were wounded defending the city and the number of civilian casualties was still being determined.

Damaturu was last attacked in early December when air strikes called in to halt advancing militants.

Mr. Olukolade said the military would regroup before mounting an effort to retake the town of Baga in Borno state raided twice by Boko Haram in the last week. The insurgents also took over a nearby military base on the edge of Lake Chad.

He said 14 soldiers had been killed in the first attack at last weekend. On Friday, the government said it had launched ground action backed by airstrikes to reclaim the area.

On Saturday afternoon, a bomb exploded at the main police station in the town of Potiskum in Yobe state after a man was arrested and brought to the station with his car, the state police commissioner said.

"We took the suspect to the station and the car...exploded and killed one of my men and a driver. The suspect did not die...he is still in our custody," Marcus Danladi told Reuters.

Residents who witnessed the scene said earlier two people had been arrested with the vehicle and blew themselves up once inside station.

The Boko Haram revolt is seen as the gravest security threat facing Nigeria, a country of 170 million people, and a serious challenge for President Goodluck Jonathan, who is seeking re-election in a national election set for Feb. 14.

thehindu.com/news
Child Suicide Bomber Kills At Least Sixteen In Nigeria
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