Hundreds found dead as details of fresh attack by Boko Haram emerge in Nigeria

Apr 30, 2015

Photograph: STR/EPA

By Agence France-Presse

Hundreds of people have been found dead in the north-east Nigerian town of Damasak, apparently victims of the Boko Haram insurgency, as details emerged on Monday of fresh attacks by the militants.

Reports of decomposing bodies littering the streets of Damasak came as the president elect, Muhammadu Buhari, denounced the Islamists as a bogus religious group and vowed a hard line against them when he comes to power at the end of next month.

North-east Nigeria has been relentlessly targeted throughout the jihadists’ six-year uprising but there had been a lull in violence in recent weeks.

A coalition of troops from Chad, Cameroon, Niger and Nigeria has claimed major victories since February, reportedly flushing the militants out of areas they previously controlled.

The discovery of hundreds of bodies, including women and children, and the latest attacks underline both the brutality of the conflict and the continuing threat posed by the extremists.


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7 comments on “Hundreds found dead as details of fresh attack by Boko Haram emerge in Nigeria

  • “They have nothing to do with religion. They are terrorists and we are going to deal with them as we deal with terrorists.”

    This phrase is as nauseatingly familiar as it is untrue. Religion is distributed along a continuum of belief and action. From Jains and Universal Unitarians to US fundies and these Boko Haram people. It just so happens that the extreme end of the religious ( it is religion ) distribution happens to be Boko Haram types in today’s world.



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  • They have nothing to do with religion. They are terrorists and we are
    going to deal with them as we deal with terrorists.”

    Of course they have to say that. If they said that Boko Haram were good Muslims, half the army would refuse to fight them, and so would the Muslim part of the population.



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  • I’m so sick of the “No True Scotsman” fallacy – especially regarding murders by religious fanatics. Whether Christian or Muslim or Hindu it’s always prefaced with “but no real Christian/Muslim/Hindu would do this” — even in the face of millennia of slaughters in the name of these very religions!



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  • Hi LaurieB,

    That explains how those at the top of Boko Haram might be acting, however it does not explain how or why those willing to martyr themselves are unless they are hoping for Land, Women and Honour in the next life.

    Regards



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