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Wednesday, February 11, 2015

Now Boko Haram invades Niger

Question of the Day

  • You can't pick up extra rocket launchers, machine guns and ammo re-supplies at your local K-Mart.  Boko Haram is armed and funded by either "pro-American" Saudi Arabia, the UAE or even the CIA.  Pick one.

Boko Haram staged an overnight assault on a border town in Niger and a suicide bomber detonated explosives near a market in the same town a few hours later, witnesses said Sunday, in a sign the extremists' offensive against the West African nation was intensifying.
The attack on the town of Diffa Boko Haram and Niger's began Saturday night, and fighting between Boko Haram and Niger's army lasted until 5 a.m. toward the town's southern entrance before the extremists were forced to flee and calm was restored, Diffa resident Adam Boukar said.
It was the second time the town had come under attack by Boko Haram since Friday reports the Associated Press.
A few hours after the attack was repulsed, a suicide bomber who witnesses said they believed was female blew herself up in Diffa's pepper market, which attracts traders and customers from Nigeria and other countries in the region.

"This young girl who was wearing the bomb made it explode right in the middle of the market. At the moment the market is surrounded by soldiers, and the rest of the town also," said resident Kader Lawan.
Officials could not immediately be reached to confirm residents' accounts or give casualty figures.
Boko Haram has used suicide bombers driving explosive-laden cars and wearing explosive vests in dozens of deadly attacks on crowded markets and bustling bus stations that have killed hundreds of people. This would be the first such attack outside of Nigeria.
The fight against Boko Haram has taken on an increasingly regional dimension in recent months, with the extremists staging attacks in both Cameroon and Niger last week alone. Foreign fighters from neighboring countries are said to be part of the terror group, which recruits with payments and by force as well as on an ideological basis.
On Saturday, regional and African Union officials meeting in Cameroon's capital, Yaounde, unveiled a proposal for a force of as many as 8,750 members to combat Boko Haram, with manpower coming from Nigeria, Chad, Cameroon, Niger and Benin.
Officials said they envisioned deploying the force as early as next month, though funding issues could delay that timeline.
As the meeting was held, thousands of young people marched through the streets of Yaounde as part of a demonstration organized by Cameroon's National Youth Council to discourage collaboration with Boko Haram and to voice support for the military.

Iran offers to fight Boko Haram
Stop and think.  If Iran is opposed to Boko Haram then where do they get their funding and weapons?  Answer: from the U.S. "ally" Saudi Arabia.
The Premium Times of Nigeria reports that Iran is stepping forward to offer assistance to the African Union against the savage caliphate spilling out of northern Nigeria into Cameroon and menacing the entire region:
Iran on Saturday announced plans to assist in the fight against the Islamist group, Boko Haram, as part of its contribution for global peace.
The country’s Deputy Foreign Affairs Minister, Amir Hossein Abdollohian, made the announcement while addressing the press on Saturday on the sideline of the ongoing 24th Assembly of the African Union (AU) Heads of State and Government in Addis Ababa.
Mr. Abdollohian said the activities of the Boko Haram militants and that of Al-Shabaab in the Somalia were similar to that of Al-Qaeda and the ISIS and other terrorist groups in the Middle East.
“Boko Haram in Nigeria and Al-Shabaab in the Horn of Africa are similar with Al-Qaeda and ISIS in parts of the Middle East using similar methods of operations to cause havoc to the people of the two regions. Iran is therefore willing to use its experience in dealing with terror groups to assist in combatting these groups in Africa.“

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