Wednesday, March 6, 2013

Boko Haram in 2013

A 22 February 2013 IRIN article "Timeline of Boko Haram and related violence in Nigeria" claims over 3000 deaths at the hands of Boko Haram in the past three years, which is an amazing body count.  The Correlates of War only requires 1000 deaths per year to count as a civil war, so on average there has been a civil war for the past three years in Nigeria waged by Boko Haram.  So far in 2013 I have counted 126 killed and 14 kidnapped by Boko Haram according to reports in the press.  

2013 total: 126 killed & 14 kidnapped
-4 March: 8 killed in attack on bank and police station in Gwoza, Nigeria 
-3 March: 20 killed in attack on military base in Monguno, Nigeria 
-24 Feb: 6 killed in attack in Ngalda, Nigeria 
-21 Feb: 3 killed in suicide bombing in Maiduguri, Nigeria 
-20 Feb: 3 killed in suicide bombing in Maiduguri, Nigeria 
-19 Feb: Kidnapping of 7 French tourists from Waza Park, Cameroon 
-16 Feb: Kidnapping of 7 foreign construction workers from Jama’are, Nigeria
-15 Feb: 1 Soldier killed in attempted suicide bombing in Maiduguri, Nigeria
-10 Feb: 3 North Korean doctors killed in Potiskum, Nigeria (suspected BH)
-8 Feb: 10 polio immunization workers killed in Kano, Nigeria
-27 Jan: 8 killed in attack on Gajiganna village, Nigeria (nera Maiduguri)
-23 Jan: 5 beheaded in Gwange area of Maiduguri
-22 Jan: 5 killed in Dakata district of Kano
-21 Jan: 18 killed in Damboa, Nigeria (Borno state)
-19 Jan: 2 Soldiers killed in Kogi state
-19 Jan: 5 killed in convoy ambush in Kano 
-17 Jan: 4 killed at military checkpoint in Kano
-4 Jan: 7 killed at military checkpoint in Kano
-2 Jan: 4 killed in attack on police station in Song (Adamawa state)
-1 Jan: 14 killed in shootout in Maiduguri

Today the Sultan of Sokoto called on the Nigerian government to grant amnesty to Boko Haram fighters and other combatants in Northern Nigeria.  However, on 22 February 2013, the Nigerian Presidency denied any offers of amnesty.  In addition, a Boko Haram leader denied peace talks with the government in a beheading video released on 5 March 2013.  There doesn't appear to be an end to the violence in the near future.

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