Boko Haram’s jihadists think they can establish paradise under Sharia, just as soon as they can kill enough people standing in their way. “Day of violence in northern Nigeria kills at least 24,” from Reuters, December 23:
KANO, Nigeria (Reuters) – Clashes between a violent Islamist sect and security forces in Nigeria’s northeastern city of Damaturu have killed at least 24 people in the past day, police said on Friday.
A sustained gun battle broke out between Nigerian security forces and suspected Islamist militants in Damaturu on Thursday, and several explosions were heard.
Then on Friday suspected sect members opened fire on a group of policemen shortly after Friday prayers in the city, killing four, local police officials said. […]
Confrontations between security forces and the Boko Haram sect have become increasingly frequent in the past couple of weeks, as the north’s simmering conflict escalates, though the insurgency remains low level and sporadic.
Boko Haram, whose name roughly translates as “Western learning is forbidden” has been blamed for scores of shootings and bombings in the north, including a spate of attacks in the past few weeks across the region.
Despite many crackdowns, Nigerian security forces have so far been unable to contain Boko Haram violence. This year the group struck in the capital Abuja twice, including a suicide car bomb attack against the U.N. headquarters that killed 26 people.