Tuesday, January 31, 2012

Nigeria's War Against Boko Haram Intensifies

SPECIAL REPORT: Boko Haram: Between Rebellion And Jihad -- Reuters

MAIDUGURI, Nigeria (Reuters) - At about 10.40 one morning last August, Mohammed Abul Barra rammed his ash-coloured station wagon into a security gate outside the United Nations headquarters in the Nigerian capital, Abuja, knocking it off its hinges. Barra's 1996 Honda Accord then crashed through the main building's glass doors and slammed against the reception desk.

On security tapes of the incident seen by Reuters, a guard peers into the car, evidently unaware that it is packed with explosives. The grainy footage shows a dozen or so people in the reception edge towards the vehicle. Over 10 seconds pass in confusion before one man seemingly realises what is about to happen. He grabs the person next to him and darts towards the lift. But it's too late. Barra steadies himself, leans forward and the security screens blur into white fuzz.

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More News On Nigeria's War Against Boko Haram

Nigeria army kills 11 Boko Haram Islamists -- BBC
Police: Islamist sect kills 5 people in attacks on security targets in Nigeria’s northeast -- Washington Post/AP
Militants hit police station in Nigeria's north -- CNN
Boko Haram rejects talks in Nigeria -- Daily News
Nigeria’s Igbo Tribal Elders Call for Evacuation Due to Violence -- Voice of America
Nigeria on edge as Islamist group extends campaign of violence -- CNN
Analysts: Difficult Dialogue with Nigeria's Violent Boko Haram Essential -- Voice of America
Nigeria Islamist militant sect drawing increased scrutiny -- Washington Times
Nigeria: Islamic Terror, Slaughter Of Christians Receives Scant International Attention -- Neon Tommy
Nigeria's Boko Haram Militants Remain a Regional Threat -- Stewart Scott, Townhall
The Guardian on Boko Haram -- John Campbell, Council On Foreign Relations

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