Boko Haram, Nigeria’s most feared terrorist group, has perpetrated a string of attack over the past couple of weeks, including a daring shooting and bombing at a Police Station in the nations capital, Abuja.
On 26 of June, members of a Boko Haram attacked a customs office, killing at least three people in a daylight assault.
Boko Haram also claimed responsibility for one of its boldest attacks yet, a bombing of the police headquarters in the capital Abuja. They have struck outside of there main base before, but hitting the police headquarters is their most brazen assault on authorities.
On the 26 as well, Boko Haram attacked local beer gardens in Maiduguri, leaving at least 25 dead. The town is in the area of Northern Nigeria that is ruled by Sheria, however beer gardens, located off of the main streets are routinely ignored. Boko Haram seem bent on changing that.
Maiduguri the Borno State capital seems to be the hideout for most of Boko Haram members and there number is growing. Authorities are aware of their growing pressence there and are attempting to get residents to inform on the terrorists, but the people are extremely fearful. The would rather take their chances with the punishment of the police than the rath of Boko Haram terrorists.
Fear seized residents of Jos, Tuesday June 28th, following rumours of an impending attack by Boko Haram terrorists. SMS messages circulated that stated, “Information received that Boko Haram members are entering Jos today (yesterday). Do tell security men within your area please.— This has just been received. Ensure you relay this to many people for everyone to be vigilant and be on the watch out for seemingly lonely strangers loitering around buildings or gatherings. They may be carrying/hiding explosives, please.”
The text heightened the fear all over the city. Parents kept the children home from school while many stayed away from markets and other crowded places.
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