Boko Haram Increasingly Targets Refugees and IDPs
ICC Note: Boko Haram is increasingly targeting the most vulnerable in Nigeria. Over the past year, as their power and capabilities have diminished, they have started attacking refugees more often.
04/20/2018 Nigeria (All Africa) – Boko Haram has since 2009 proven a highly adaptable foe, routinely changing tactics to suit shifting circumstances. The terror group increasingly focuses on soft targets, including refugees and internally displaced people.
In 2017, the Global Terrorism Index labelled Boko Haram the world’s third deadliest terrorist group. Although exact numbers are unknown, conservative estimates indicate that since 2009 its reign of terror has killed more than 20,000 people and displaced more than two million across Nigeria, while also spreading into Cameroon, Niger and Chad.
Boko Haram remains a substantial threat and has conducted a string of violent attacks so far in 2018, including the high-profile kidnapping and subsequent release of 110 school girls. Attacks by the extremist group were initially mostly aimed at security forces and it minimized civilian casualties. But its violence has escalated over time and the group’s definition of legitimate targets has expanded.
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