Recent Deadly Boko Haram Attacks
an extremist group that is located primarily in Northern Nigeria was blamed for two suicide bombings in Chad and a raid in Niger this past week, leaving a total of 72 dead. Here’s a quick rundown of the recent week:
Monday: Suicide Bombings
Two back-to-back suicide bombings in the Chadian capital of N’djamena killed 34 and injured over 100 others, according to Reuters. One explosion occurred at the central police station; the other at a police training academy.
These attacks followed threats from Boko Haram towards Chad and other nations who have formed a military coalition against the group. Chad has played an instrumental role in the multinational campaign, even establishing N’djamena as the force’s headquarters.
Wednesday: Retaliatory Airstrikes
The BBC reports that Chad retaliated soon after by destroying six Boko Haram bases in an airstrike.
“In response to the cowardly and barbaric acts perpetrated by Boko Haram terrorists … the armed forces carried out reprisal airstrikes on the terrorists’ positions in Nigerian territory on Wednesday,” the Chadian government announced.
Later Wednesday: Burned Alive
Later the same day, Boko Haram fighters stormed the villages of Lamina and Ungumawo in Niger, killing 38, including 14 women and 10 children.
“The attackers opened fire on the villages and set homes ablaze, burning women and children alive in their homes,” lawmaker Bulu Mammadou told CNN.
They also quoted survivor, Malam Abba, who said, “I lost my entire family of seven including my wife, mother and five children who were burned alive inside my house by the attackers.”
While the battle rages on, we worship a sovereign God. Please pray with us:
1. For the nations terrorized by Boko Haram.
2. For God to soften the hearts of Boko Haram militants.