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10-Jan-15 World View -- Up to 2000 Nigeria civilians killed in three-day Boko Haram massacre

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10-Jan-15 World View -- Up to 2000 Nigeria civilians killed in three-day Boko Haram massacre

Cameroon requests international help to fight Boko Haram

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Up to 2000 Nigeria civilians killed in three-day Boko Haram massacre


Boko Haram leader Abubakar Shekau (AFP)
Boko Haram leader Abubakar Shekau (AFP)

After a coordinated three-day rampage on the town of Baga in northeast Nigeria, as well 15-20 other nearby towns, up to 2000 resident civilians have been killed. The towns are now "virtually nonexistent" according to local officials:

"These towns are just gone, burned down. The whole area is covered in bodies."

This would make the massacre among the most deadly terror attacks in history.

There's supposed to be a Multi-National Joint Task Force, a French-sponsored alliance of Nigeria, Cameroon, Niger and Chad, stationed in a army base near Baga. The base was supposed to provide protection for Baga and the other nearby towns. But last Saturday, there were only Nigerian soldiers in the army base, and Boko Haram overran the base, as the Nigerian troops once again fled rather than fight. The massacre in Baga began four days later.

Following the philosophy of better late than never, Nigerian ground forces backed by air strikes are now fighting to reclaim Baga and the military base.

In April 2013, Boko Haram abducted over 200 schoolgirls from a school in Chibok. Those girls are still missing.

Nigeria is one of the biggest oil producers in the world. It's thought that Boko Haram is trying to create a secessionist state in northeast Nigeria. NBC News and Reuters

Cameroon requests international help to fight Boko Haram

President Paul Biya of Cameroon is appealing for international military help to fight Boko Haram. According to Biya, Boko Haram has gone beyond being a regional threat to being a global threat that has attacked Mali, the Central African Republic and Somalia:

"A global threat calls for a global response. Such should be the response of the international community, including the African Union and our regional organisations."

The appeal follows a threat from Boko Haram leader Abubakar Shekau in a youtube video posted on Monday:

"Oh Paul Biya, if you donít stop this, your evil plot, you will taste what has befallen Nigeria ... Your troops cannot do anything to us."

The "evil plot" is Biya's attempt to rid Cameroon of Boko Haram. ( "30-Dec-14 World View -- Cameroon's air force bombs Boko Haram positions, forcing retreat") Biya ordered air strikes after the terrorists began crossing the border from Nigeria and attacked villages in Cameroon's north. Nigerian Tribune and AFP

Some random political and media notes

Washington Examiner and Daily Beast

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