Boko Haram’s brutality in Nigeria has been going on for years, but they’ve stepped up attacks ahead of the country’s elections.
The Islamic extremist group Boko Haram intensified attacks in northern Nigeria and in towns on the border with Chad in recent weeks, threatening to derail the Nigerian elections scheduled for Feb. 14.
On Sunday, the Islamic militants staged a bold attack against Maiduguri, a town of about 2 million residents and the capitol of Borno state. Nigerian troops reportedly repelled the attack and killed hundreds of militants. But the offensive, staged from four sides of the city, shows the group’s strength and the threat it poses to Nigeria’s stability.
Sunday’s attack comes on the heels of what may be Boko Haram’s deadliest attack in five years. In the shocking early January spree, the militants razed 16 or more villages, including Baga, leaving 2,000 people unaccounted for and feared dead. Not long after, the terrorists raided at least seven villages in Adamawa, killing more than 40 people.
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