Thursday, September 10, 2015

Boko Haram on Horseback

"Boko Haram seen striking on horses" Associated Press  September 03, 2015

MAIDUGURI, Nigeria — Twenty-six people were killed in Nigeria’ s northeastern Borno state by attackers on horseback believed to be rebels of the Islamic extremist group Boko Haram, witnesses said.

Ali Abdulqasim said his home village of Kolori and the neighboring village of Baana-imam were attacked late Tuesday.

‘‘I ran and hid atop a mango tree outside our village, from where I watched secretly how they chased the scampering villagers and shot at them,’’ Abdulqasim said Wednesday.

The death toll was 26, said Abbas Gava, a spokesman for a civilian defense group.

Boko Haram’s six-year-old uprising has caused the deaths of an estimated 20,000 people.

About 1,000 people have been killed since President Muhammadu Buhari was elected in March with a pledge to wipe out the militants. Nearly 2 million have been driven from their homes by the uprising.

I wonder where they went (or are going).

Some 75,000 refugees from Niger, Nigeria, and Chad have been displaced from their homes in recent weeks due to Boko Haram attacks in the Lake Chad area, according to Doctors Without Borders. Nigerian authorities have warned that Boko Haram is trying to extend its violence across the country to Lagos, the country’s largest city.

Earlier this year, troops from Chad and Nigeria drove the extremists out of towns held in what had been declared an Islamic caliphate.


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When I see Bush, Bliar, Rice, Rumsfeld, Cheney, and the coterie of war criminal Israel cabinets in front of the bar I'll sit up and take notice.

As for right now, it sure does seem that the U.N. is racist in not classist (what the treatment of recalcitrant Serbs shows).

Did you see what they say they found in South Africa?