Nigeria: Blood-Letting Continues in 2015
The blood-letting continued in the country’s northeast over the weekend with a suicide bombing at a market in the Borno State capital of Maiduguri on Saturday. The explosion claimed the lives of at least 16 people and injured more then 20.
Although an extremist group that is located primarily in Northern Nigeria has not officially claimed responsibility, the Islamic terrorist group is the assumed perpetrator. The suicide bomber was a girl believed to be around 10 years old. For several months the militants have used women and young girls in suicide bombings, but this girl is believed the youngest victim yet. The attack came at a crowded marketplace.
CNN reports that a Boko Haram attack Jan. 3-7 in northeastern Nigeria may have left hundreds dead and the town still in the hands of the terrorists. Many of the Nigerians who fled tried to swim to Chad but now are stranded on Kangala Island on Lake Chad.
The number of Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) in northern Nigeria has hit the 1.5 million mark due to the ongoing insurgency of Boko Haram, the UN agency for refugees (UNHCR) reports.
Nigeria is ranked No. 10 on the 2015 Open Doors World Watch List of the worst persecutors of Christians which was released last week. Last year a total of 2,484 Christians were martyred in Nigeria, the highest total of any country in the world.
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