The argument can be made that 2015 was one of the bloodiest years in modern history for having a high number of shocking and unmerciful terrorist’s attacks. The random terror attacks that a number of countries have seen this year have been unprecedented. Terror attack tactics can range from public bombings, suicide attacks, mass public shootings, and kidnappings to name a few.
Earlier this year, the world observed as Nigeria experienced heightened numbers of mass group kidnappings and murders. Due to the overwhelming terrorist attacks on the Nigerian region; the Nigerian government has summoned the aide of the United Nations and their native alliances. In the midst of the devastating state of terror in Nigeria, a little but huge light has beamed down on the rich yet war stricken country. It’s with great determination and bravery that the rescuing of 241 captives, including women and children, from Boko Haram prisoner camps this past late October was successful.
Although the freed captives are not the innocent girls and women taken from the mass abduction of Chibok in April 2014, which gained global attention and started the popular hashtag #BringBackOurGirls that caught attention of First Lady, Michelle Obama and actress Selma Hayek; the rescue mission of Boko Harm was a great success. With the assistance of internal intelligence, the Nigerian Military raided two known extremist terrorist camps in Boko Harm where 241 kidnapped women and children were rescued. Amid the fantastic news of the innocent victims being rescued unharmed; Nigerian officials are extremely pleased with the amount of key-player arrests made during the raid including the arrests of Bulama Modu who Nigerian police say was acting as the “emir” of the village of Bulakuri. The military also confiscated weapons, some of which were buried by militants who appeared to be abandoning their posts during the raid, he told the paper. “Apart from arms and ammunition, bows and arrows recovered from Bulama Modu, the kingpin, he confirmed that the terrorists also gave him a horse to enhance his deadly pursuits,” Usman told Punch, retrieved from Eliott C. McLaughlin of CNN world news.
September 3rd, militants of Boko Haram came across hills in Nigeria and launched an attack on a market and infirmary in the city of Kerawa Cameroon. This first gruesome attack left an approx. 30 dead and another 145 with various injuries, according to Col. Didier Badjeck told to CNN. “Days before, Boko Haram terrorists rode into the northeast Nigerian village of Baanu on horseback and fatally shot 68 people, according to residents and a local militia. Boko Haram has increasingly and violently asserted itself not only in Cameroon and its home base of Nigeria, but also in other western and central African countries, including Niger, Benin and Chad,” byway of CNN world news- E. McLaughlin. With that said; EGL will be following this story closely as well as the other kidnap victims whom have not been rescued.
Written by Bridgette Dowdell, Staff Writer, Modern Domestic