Boko Haram claimed responsibility for the suicide bombing that took place at a university in Nigeria on Monday. The incident killed a child and a professor. It also wounded seventeen others.
Boko Haram leader, Abubakar Shekau, appeared in a video after the incident. “The bomb that exploded on Monday morning, it’s our brothers responsible for it,” he said in the video. According to a report from Reuters, Boko Haram increased its terrorist activities in Maiduguri. The report said the bombing was part of an overall goal to establish an Islamic Caliphate in the region.
Boko Haram had already killed an estimated number of 15,000 people. Its ambition to build a caliphate resulted to more than 2 million displaced families. It had even reached a point where Boko Haram gained control of a region as big as Belgium.
Boko Haram: Still Undefeated In Nigeria
It was a year ago, when the Nigerian government declared that they have defeated the terrorist faction. However, recent events in Nigeria proved this is not the case. Worst, Boko Haram might have actually proved to be more powerful than the ISIS now.
Daily Disruption recently reported that Nigerian fighter jets erroneously bombed an entire camp filled with innocent people driven from their homes by the militants. The airstrike showed that these insurgents — the world’s deadliest terrorist group during 2015 – was still on the loose. While the Nigerian military successfully liberated majority of the territory once captured by Boko Haram, however, the northeast of Nigeria was still going through often hit-and-run attacks and suicide bombs.
A report from NBC noted that J. Peter Pham at the Atlantic Council, a think tank based in Washington, said: “More worryingly, this faction is displaying complex tactics and weapons, and that suggests outside influence.”
Boko Haram: As Big As ISIS
There have been heavy speeches about destroying “radical Islam terrorism,” made by several leaders for more than two years, Jason Nichols, a contributor for The Hill, noted. While ISIS is given all the importance, Boko Haram had been absolutely ignored, he wrote in an opinion piece published on Wednesday. He discussed in detail as to why Boko Haram is actually becoming more powerful than the ISIS. He highlighted the attention given to Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS) is way more than the importance given to Boko Haram.
Several estimates showed that ISIS is comparatively larger. Islamic State had got almost eighty thousand soldiers in the Levant. In contrast, the CIA estimated that number of militants was to be just over 20,000, in 2014.
Furthermore, the black radical faction has an approximate number of 15,000 members. It could be considered that the faction had never been a major focus of U.S. intelligence. Thus it could be said in all probability that the number could be totally underestimated, Nichols wrote in his article for The Hill.
To make his point across, he highlighted a report from Amnesty International in 2015. According to Amnesty International, Boko Haram already claimed a large portion of Northeastern Nigeria. In July 2015, the terrorists killed 145 people, while raiding a village.
Nichols noted that the United States and its allies are focused on the education and freedom of women and girls, while fighting the Talibans. Meanwhile, Boko Haram was able to abduct hundreds of women and girls in Chibok in 2014.
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