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ICC Note: Despite maintaining the largest standing Army on the African continent, and enacting a military state of emergency in the primary areas of militant operations, Nigeria doesn’t seem to be making headway in its efforts to defeat the Islamist insurgency. Christians and others viewed as heretics or non-believers are routinely targeted for murder and torture by the Boko Haraam terrorists as part of their ongoing effort to create an Islamic state under Sharia rule. And the Nigerian government seems powerless to stop them. 
10/2/2013 Abuja, Nigeria (The Christian Science Monitor) — In the dead of night, around 30 gunmen in pickup trucks and motorbikes sped onto the grounds of a college in northeast Nigeria. They headed into the male dormitories and opened fire.
At least 41 students were killed when the suspected Boko Haram Islamists attacked the Yobe State College of Agriculture, in a rural area 30 miles south of the state capital Damaturu. They killed students in their sleep. Others were assembled in groups outside before they were shot dead. Some fled into the darkness and were cut down by gunfire. The surviving 1,000 students left the college in terror.
For the last four months, the Nigerian Army has concentrated military operations against Boko Haram. But the attacks by the rebel group show few signs of abating, and the extreme cruelty and violence aimed at vulnerable civilians is on the rise, raising new questions about how effective the government strategy is.
Even President Goodluck Jonathan has started to hint that a new strategy for dealing with the rebels is in order, as they hit ordinary people in schools and towns in the sandy hinterlands of the north.
On Sept. 17, for example, Boko Haram rebels put up roadblocks outside the town of Benisheik in the north. They pulled people from their cars and shot 161, throwing many of the bodies into bushes on the side of the road.
Much of the current dynamic around Boko Haram dates to May, when President Jonathan declared a state of emergency in three northeastern states, including Yobe, and ordered a military offensive to crush the insurgents.
Initially, the violence between Army and rebels was muted as Islamist militants deserted cities in the northeast and abandoned forest bases. Indeed, the scale and the geographical span of the Boko Haram attacks appear to have been reduced.
“They [disparate Boko Haram rebels] still maintain considerable operational capabilities and the intent to stage brazen attacks, the focus being primarily in the remote northeast,” says Roddy Barclay, a senior West Africa analyst at Control Risks in London. “But their operational networks have become constricted by the military campaign through the tactical successes in dismantling some cells, arresting and indeed killing some militant leaders,” Mr. Barclay says.
“They are by no means defeated but it is a different type of militant campaign being waged at the moment compared to what it was a over a year ago.”

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