Boko Haram, the Party of the People of the Sunnah for Dawah and Jihad, continues to show how cowed and frightened it is by Michelle Obama’s hashtag counter-jihad, and by the declaration of war against it by African heads of state. It continues to operate with absolute impunity, murdering 17 people just a day after murdering 118 in another city.
“Nigeria violence: ‘Boko Haram kill 17’ in village attack,” BBC, May 21, 2014:
The Islamist group Boko Haram has been accused of killing at least 17 people in an attack on a village in north-east Nigeria, close to where hundreds of schoolgirls were seized.
It comes a day after 118 people died in a double bombing in the central city of Jos, also blamed on Boko Haram.
In the latest attack, Boko Haram fighters reportedly spent hours killing and looting in the village of Alagarno.
Alagarno is near Chibok, from where the schoolgirls were abducted last month.
The abductions of more than 200 girls caused international outrage and prompted foreign powers to send military advisers to assist Nigeria’s army.
People in north-east Nigeria are extremely vulnerable to attacks because many areas are no-go zones for the military and the insurgents operate freely, correspondents say.