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PostPosted: 13-03-2012 01:03    Post subject: Reply with quote

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well i've read it and i'll keep reading all you post. cant say as i'd heard of this particular band of howlers at the moon before this thread, but it just goes to show. it does indeed take all sorts and i am much enlightened. Sad


They suffered a major setback in August 2009 when most of their leadership were killed or captured. Some of them escaped in a jailbreak in September 2010 but it was March 2011 before they were back to their 2009 strength.

Their actions could well lead to a split between the North and South of Nigeria. This would be bad for the North as most of the oil is in the South.
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surprised the US havent stuck their two penneth worth in yet tbh. its not like them to be so reticent when there's oil involved. surely if there's any chance that this will cause a split in the country, with all the economic implications etc, then they'll have more or less shot themselves in the foot? (rather than forced the entire country to live under one law which is the excuse they seem to be using).
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I think its due to a question of scale. The population is 155,215,573 (July 2011 est.). To properly intervene it would take hundreds of thousands of troops and they would have to be invited in. They won't find an excuse for invading.

Boko tend to melt away so the US might offer special forces. But even gangsters can outwit the SBS.

Its a tough one.
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maybe the best thing to be hoped for then is a north south divide. It doesnt seem that the government have either the will or the wherewithall to make any long term difference, so this could have the potential to drag on for years becoming ever more vicious and destructive.
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PostPosted: 15-03-2012 18:49    Post subject: Reply with quote

Difficult to see what they are discussing. What could the government concede to people who want to turn Nigeria into an Islamic state.

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Exclusive: Nigeria starts mediated talks with Boko Haram: sources
http://www.newsdaily.com/stories/bre82e0my-international-us-nigeria-bokoharam-talks/
Posted 2012/03/15 at 9:02 am EDT

ABUJA, Mar. 15, 2012 (Reuters) — Nigeria's government has in the last week held its first indirect peace talks with Islamist sect Boko Haram, meeting mediators to discuss a possible ceasefire, political and diplomatic sources told Reuters on Thursday.

Two people close to Boko Haram have been carrying messages back and forth between the sect's self-proclaimed leader Abubakar Shekau and government officials, the sources, who asked not to be named, said

(Reporting by Joe Brock; Editing by Tim Cocks and Toby Chopra)
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A raid in the South, illustrates their logistacal support.

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http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-africa-17580795

Nigeria under attack

'They bombed my church'
Killed for his beard?
Will dialogue end the insurgency?
Who are Boko Haram?

Nigerian security forces have raided a suspected bomb-making factory, killing at least nine alleged Islamist militants, officials say.

The raid, in the Okene district of Kogi state, came after the authorities discovered the facility they believe was run by the Boko Haram sect.

Two members of the security forces were killed in the firefight.

Boko Haram has launched a series of deadly attacks across northern Nigeria since 2009.

Sunday's raid took place much further south, in Kogi state, and involved helicopters and dozens of security personnel, according to local media.

"There were some skirmishes between some hoodlums and the military," Jacob Edi, a spokesman for the state governor, told AFP news agency.

Officials said they believed the hideout belonged to Boko Haram, and described the nine people killed as "terrorists".

Boko Haram's name means "Western education is sinful" in the Hausa language, and their stated aim is to overthrow the national government and install an extreme form of Islamic law.

Their attacks, mostly in the north of the country, have killed hundreds of civilians, both Muslim and Christian.
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Bakers? Perhaps they were preparing communion wafers.

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http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-africa-17783586

A security crackdown has led to fewer attacks across the north in recent weeks

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Who are Boko Haram?

Five bakers in Nigeria have been killed by gunmen in the north-eastern city of Maiduguri - a base of the Islamist Boko Haram sect, police have said.

Their deaths follow the assassination of a customs officer and water vendor on Wednesday by suspected militants.

The group has carried out a series of deadly attacks in northern Nigeria in the past 19 months - often targeting officials and security officers.

Boko Haram says it wants to establish Islamic law in Nigeria.

Correspondents say a security crackdown seems to have led to fewer attacks in recent weeks, but the uprising remains a huge challenge for the authorities.

Borno state police spokesman Samuel Tizhe said it was not clear why the gunmen had opened fire on the bakery on Thursday.

Boko Haram - whose means "Western education is forbidden" - has attacked churches and this year began to target schools.

The group first came to prominence in 2009 when hundreds of its followers were killed when they attacked police stations in Maiduguri.

Its founder, Mohammed Yusuf, was arrested but died in police custody.

In 2010 the group started to stage drive-by shootings on government targets in revenge for his killing.

Last year, it carried out suicide bombings on high-profile targets such as the headquarters of the UN and police in the capital, Abuja.

Their attacks, mostly in the north of the country, have killed hundreds of civilians, both Muslim and Christian.
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PostPosted: 29-04-2012 13:26    Post subject: Reply with quote

This attack went on for 30 minutes, yet the attackers had disappeared by the time police arrived.

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Deadly attack on Nigeria's Bayero university in Kano
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-africa-17886143

Kano has suffered high casualties from attacks by Islamist militants

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At least 15 people have been killed in a gun and bomb attack at a university in Nigeria's northern city of Kano, witnesses and police said.

Bodies were lying around Bayero University campus where Christian worshippers were holding a service.

A bomb squad and military units are searching for the gunmen.

No group has said it launched the attack, but the violent Islamist Boko Haram group is active in Kano. It has recently attacked churches.

Nigeria's central government has struggled to contain the militant group, which operates mainly in the predominantly Muslim north, but has also struck as far south as the capital, Abuja.

Sunday's attack took place in one of the lecture theatres used as a place of worship by Christians.

A witness told AFP news agency the attackers had first thrown in explosives and fired shots, "causing a stampede among worshippers".

"They now pursued them, shooting them with guns. They also attacked another service at the sporting complex."

Another witness spoke of "pandemonium", and said he had seen two men shooting indiscriminately.

Mohammed Suleiman, a history lecturer at the university, said security guards had to run for their lives when the violence broke out.

"For over 30 minutes a series of bomb explosions and gun shots took over the old campus, around the academic blocks," he told Reuters news agency.

Officials have confirmed seven deaths so far, but warn that up to 20 were killed as bodies were lying around and being taken to hospitals.

"I counted at least 15 dead bodies. I think they were being taken to the Amino Kano teaching hospital," a witness told the agency.

He added that he had seen many more people being treated for injuries. Security officials and doctors at local hospitals also say at least 15 people were killed.

Kano state police spokesman Ibrahim Idris said that by the time police arrived, the attackers had "disappeared into the neighbourhood". A manhunt is under way.

Boko Haram carried out a bombing in Kano in January that killed more than 180 people, its deadliest attack to date.

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BBC News, Lagos

Police say small explosives inside soft drink cans were used in the attack on the university campus in Kano - trademarks of of the Islamist group of Boko Haram. There are other signs pointing to them - the use of attackers on motorbikes for instance.

The attack - on an apparent Christian service at an education establishment - would match up to threats the group has made in the past. Their name Boko Haram, translated from the local Hausa language, means "Western education is forbidden". It is a good reflection on the group.

Its purported aim is to destabilise the Nigerian state. Following the failure of talks to get the group to relinquish violence, the government in Abuja has conducted a number of crackdowns. But it appears to be unable to confront the group that is attacking Nigeria on a new front almost every week.
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Boko Haram: Regional force 'should help Nigeria'
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-africa-17906504

The group often use car bombs and suicide bombers to perpetrate their attacks

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Chad's leader has called for the urgent creation of a regional force to tackle Nigerian Boko Haram militants.

The Islamist group operates in northern Nigeria, but President Idriss Deby said it was posing a threat to its neighbours around Lake Chad.

"Our basin is exposed to insecurity because of the permanent threat posed by Boko Haram," he said.

Nigeria has been struggling to contain attacks by the militants who want to impose Islamic law in the country.

On Monday, a suicide attack on a police station in Taraba state, which borders Cameroon, killed at least 11 people. No-one has claimed responsibility for the bombing, but Boko Haram militants have carried out many similar attacks.

They have targeted government institutions, churches and bars as well as mosques belonging to rival Muslim groups across northern Nigeria over the last 20 months.

Last year, the group also attacked the UN headquarters in Nigeria's capital, Abuja.

'Hideout' raided

"I am demanding the creation of a joint deterrence force. We have to make this decision here today," President Deby told a meeting of the Lake Chad Basin Commission, which includes Chad, Cameroon, Niger, Nigeria and the Central African Republic.

"If we don't eradicate them, we won't be capable of saving our Lake Chad," he said.

Some experts have warned that the group is building links with al-Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb which has mainly been active in the Sahara - across Niger, Mali and Algeria.

In Nigeria on Tuesday morning, troops raided a suspected hideout of Boko Haram in the city of Kano.

The BBC's Yusuf Ibrahim Yakasai in Kano says a heavy gun battle started at about 04:00 GMT and continued for two hours, but security officials did not confirm whether the hideout belonged to Boko Haram.

Lieutenant Iweha Ikedichi told Reuters news agency that explosives and weapons were discovered during the raid in the Sabuwar Gandu area of the city.

An 18-year-old woman arrested in the raid told AFP news agency that her husband was a Boko Haram member and had escaped during the fighting.

The group has killed more than 1,000 people since it first came to prominence in 2009 when hundreds of its followers were killed when they attacked police stations in Maiduguri.

Its founder, Mohammed Yusuf, was arrested but died in police custody.

In 2010 the group, whose name means "Western education is forbidden", started to stage drive-by shootings on government targets in revenge for his killing.

Their attacks have killed hundreds of civilians, both Muslim and Christian.
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PostPosted: 13-05-2012 11:41    Post subject: Reply with quote

Lets see how this affects their capability as they are leader centred.

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Boko Haram 'militant leader' captured in north Nigeria
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-africa-18048617

Kano is a flashpoint in northern Nigeria

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'My city of fear'
'They bombed my church'
Who are Boko Haram?
Need to know: Boko Haram Watch

Nigerian police say they have arrested a senior commander of the Islamist militant group Boko Haram.

The group has carried out numerous attacks across northern Nigeria, killing hundreds of people.

The detainee, Suleiman Mohammed, is said to be a Boko Haram commander in the northern city of Kano.

It has been the scene of several deadly attacks, including one on a church service two weeks ago that left 16 people dead.

Another attack in January killed more than 180.

It has, however, been impossible to independently verify whether or not Suleiman Mohammed is indeed a key figure in the Boko Haram group, the BBC's Will Ross reports from Lagos.

The commissioner of police for Kano State said the man was with his wife and children in what he described as a hideout in Kano when he was arrested.

Explosives, ammunition and guns were found there, police said.

The suspect has been flown to the capital, Abuja, for questioning.
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PostPosted: 03-06-2012 12:45    Post subject: Reply with quote

This is the modus operandi of Boko Haram: explode the bomb if they cannot get to the main target.

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Deadly blast hits Nigeria church
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-africa-18314722

Nigeria under attack

Boko Haram's shadowy leader
'My city of fear'
'They bombed my church'
Who are Boko Haram?

At least 12 people have been killed in a suicide car bomb attack near a church in the northern Nigerian city of Bauchi, witnesses say.

Many are reported to have been injured in the blast. No group has said it carried out the attack.

It comes amid a wave of violence by the radical Islamic sect Boko Haram.

The group, whose name means "no to Western education", has carried out numerous attacks across northern Nigeria, killing hundreds of people.

According to Bauchi residents, a man tried to drive a car through a fence outside the Harvest Field Pentecostal church on Sunday.

The vehicle did not break through the fence and the bomb was detonated. Some of those killed by the blast were inside the church and others were standing outside.

The BBC's Will Ross in Nigeria says is suspected the target was a larger church in the same compound.

Boko Haram has its stronghold in the north-eastern city of Maiduguri and wants to impose Sharia law across Nigeria.

It has targeted churches as well as schools, police stations, and other government buildings.
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Suspected Boko Haram members killed in Maiduguri, Nigeria
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-africa-18338321

Nigeria under attack

Boko Haram's shadowy leader
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'They bombed my church'
Who are Boko Haram?

Nigerian security forces have shot dead 16 suspected militants from the Islamic sect Boko Haram in the north-eastern city of Maiduguri, officials say.

They were killed in a fierce gunfight overnight, witnesses say.

They say civilians were hit by stray bullets in the fighting, which lasted for hours. The army says none of soldiers died.

Boko Haram has carried numerous attacks in northern Nigeria, killing hundreds of people since 2009.

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The authorities have blamed the latest violence on Boko Haram, which has its stronghold in Maiduguri - there has been no comment so far from the group.

"Some suspected Boko Haram terrorists attempted to open fire on (security) operatives but could not succeed," said army spokesman Col Victor Ebhaleme.

"We have so far shot dead 16 of the terrorists during a shoot out," Col Ebhaleme told Reuters news agency.

Tuesday's late-night attack took place in Maiduguri's district of Lawan Bukar.

Correspondents say the area is home to some Boko Haram members, and is regularly patrolled by troops of Nigeria's joint task force set up to counter the group.

After the fighting, Col Ebhaleme say troops had also seized weapons and explosives during house-to-house searches.

Meanwhile, in a separate attack in the city of Kano, suspected Boko Haram gunmen opened fire on Tuesday night, killing a retired policeman and two serving officers.

Boko Haram - whose name means "No to Western education" - wants to impose Sharia law across Nigeria.

It has targeted churches, including the most recent suicide attack on Sunday on a church in the northern state of Bauchi, in which at least nine people were killed by a blast and 30 other people injured.

The group has also attacked schools, police stations, and other government buildings.
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Part of an ongoing campaign to provoke a sectarian civil war.

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Nigeria: Gunmen attack churches
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-africa-18386156

Nigeria under attack

Boko Haram's shadowy leader
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'They bombed my church'
Who are Boko Haram?

Gunmen in Nigeria have attacked two churches during Sunday services, killing and wounding worshippers.

In the central city of Jos, a suicide bomber blew himself up outside a church, killing at least two people and wounding dozens more.

Five gunmen opened fire in Biu in Borno state, killing one woman and injuring three other people.

No-one has admitted the latest attacks, but radical Islamic sect Boko Haram has targeted churches before.

One witness at the church in Biu said that "gunmen came to the premises of the church and started firing at people outside the church before going into the main building to carry on their killings", Reuters news agency reported.

"Many people have been killed and wounded," witness Hamidu Wakawa was quoted as saying.

Moments after the suicide bombing in Jos, Christian youths set up roadblocks and had to be dispersed by police, according to one witness.

"Angry youths have gone wild, even attempting to prevent the security personnel from getting to the scene of the incident. They had to force their way out by shooting in the air to disperse them," Emmanuel Davou was quotyed by Reuters as saying.

The explosion killed at least two worshippers and the suicide bomber, while wounding more than 40 others.

But government sources feared "scores" may have died, according to news agency AFP.

Boko Haram has carried out numerous attacks in northern Nigeria, killing hundreds of people since 2009.

The group - whose name means "No to Western education" - wants to impose Sharia law across Nigeria.

It has targeted churches, schools, police stations, and other government buildings.

The group has said it was behind the suicide bombing of a church last weekend which left at least 12 people dead in Bauchi City.
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Update. Mission accomplished. Mobs kill six in revenge attacks.

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Nigeria violence: Seven dead after Boko Haram attacks
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-africa-18386156

The church in Jos was severely damaged in the suicide bombing

Nigeria under attack

Boko Haram's shadowy leader
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'They bombed my church'
Who are Boko Haram?

Boko Haram militants have attacked two churches during Sunday services, triggering deadly reprisal attacks.

In the central city of Jos, a suicide bomber blew himself up outside a church, wounding at least 50 people.

In a separate attack, gunmen opened fire during a service in Biu in northeastern Borno state, leaving at least one person dead.

Six people were then killed in Jos in reprisals when angry demonstrators took to the streets in protest.

Radical Islamist sect Boko Haram said it carried out the attacks. The group has carried out a number of attacks on churches in recent years, killing hundreds of people.

One witness at the church in Biu, Hamidu Wakawa, said that "gunmen came to the premises of the church and started firing at people outside the church before going into the main building to carry on their killings", Reuters reported.

Officials said one woman had been killed and at least three wounded.

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In a country already divided along religious lines these attacks have the potential to trigger further clashes between Muslims and Christians.

The Islamist militant group Boko Haram has admitted carrying out past attacks on churches. They said these were in revenge for killings of Muslims in central Nigeria during previous bouts of violence.

Boko Haram says it wants to impose Sharia law across Nigeria. A recent statement from the group rejected the idea of peace talks with the government and vowed to increase the attacks.

In Jos, police said the attacker had driven as close to the church as he could before detonating himself.

"The suicide bomber did not drive into the church before the explosion. He was in front of it," police spokesman Abuh Emmanuel told Reuters.

"The church building collapsed entirely due to the intensity of the bombing."

Moments after the bombing, Christian youths set up roadblocks and had to be dispersed by police, according to one witness.

"Angry youths have gone wild, even attempting to prevent the security personnel from getting to the scene of the incident. They had to force their way out by shooting in the air to disperse them," Emmanuel Davou was quoted as saying.

The Red Cross later said demonstrators killed six people.

The Anglican archbishop of Jos, Ben Kwashi, condemned the church attacks, but said reprisals were "futile" and only served to aggravate the situation.


"We've been working with Muslim leaders, Roman Catholic bishops, and myself and many other church leaders, and we have worked so very hard - and this kind of terrorism just takes us back again," he said.

Boko Haram has carried out numerous attacks on churches, schools, police stations and government buildings in northern Nigeria, and is said to be continually widening its targets.

The group - whose name means "No to Western education" - wants to impose Sharia law across Nigeria.

The group has said it was behind the suicide bombing of a church last weekend which left at least 12 people dead in Bauchi City.

The state of Borno has been Boko Haram's base. The group's mosque and headquarters had been located in Maiduguri, the state capital, until a military assault in 2009 destroyed them and left hundreds dead.
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Things are getting worse.

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http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-africa-18404325

A gang of around 80 armed robbers are thought to have attacked the two villages

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A gang of armed robbers has killed 23 people in two villages in northern Nigeria, witnesses and police say.

An eyewitness told the BBC that about 80 people on motorbikes launched an attack in the remote villages of Dan-Gulbi and Guru in Zamfara state.

Some victims had their throat cut, according to reports.

The attack is believed to be in revenge for the killing of a suspected group of armed robbers by villagers and vigilante groups last year.

A policeman was said to be among the dead, who were primarily from the village of Dan-Gulbi.

According to a police officer who spoke to the BBC on condition of anonymity, 19 people died in Dan-Gulbi and four were killed in Guru. Other reports have put the death toll at 27.

"They went door-to-door shooting villagers and in some cases slitting their throats with knives," a police source told the AFP news agency.

Islamist group Boko Haram has previously been responsible for a number of attacks in northern Nigeria, but there has been no suggestion that that it was connected to these murders.

Nigeria has one of the highest crime rates in Africa and is notorious for gun-related violence, including kidnapping and robbery.
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