Nigeria and US Reluctant to Label Boko Haram a Terrorist Group
A church in Kaduna, Nigeria which was targeted by a suicide bomber on October 28, 2012. The attack is one of several church bombings blamed on the Islamist group Boko Haram over the last year and sparked fierce reprisals that saw a Christian mob burn a man alive in day of a bloody of violence that left at least 10 people dead and 145 wounded. (Victor Ulasi/AFP/Getty Images)
December 17, 2012
| Security
| Africa
Despite an organized campaign of violence directed against Nigeria’s Christians, the Obama administration and the Nigerian government refuse to formally declare the militant Islamist group Boko Haram a terrorist organization. While this makes little sense given the body count from Boko Haram’s attacks, other factors are at play, as LIGNET explains.According to Human Rights Watch, about 3,000 people have been killed in the sectarian conflict between Boko Haram and security forces since 2010. Over 815 have been killed in this year alone. Most of the victims have been Muslims or government officials, but increasingly they are Christians, too.
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