Friday, January 31, 2014

Nigeria: Muslim Extremists Reportedly Kill 99 People in Borno, Adamawa

According to The Arab Times, suspected Islamic extremists, very likely representing the terror group, Boko Haram, used high explosives and small arms to attack a village and worshippers during a Christian church service in Nigeria’s northeast, killing at least 99 people and forcing hundreds from their homes.

The attacks in the two states resulted in one of the highest death tolls in recent attacks by militants who are defying an 8-month old military state of emergency in three states in northern Nigeria designed to halt an Islamic resurgence.

Boko Haram detonated several explosions in Kawuri in Borno state after launching their assault near the weekly market as vendors were packing up.

Reportedly,  52 people died and the entire village was burned to the ground, including 300 homes. IEDs left behind detonated on Monday morning, narrowly missing security personnel who were collecting bodies in Kawuri.

COMMENT: A police official who evacuated wounded victims confirmed at least 52 people were killed and 16 wounded. Also on Sunday, suspected militants in Adamawa state, south of Borno, stormed a Roman Catholic church during a Sunday morning service in Wada Chakawa village.

The Reverend Raymond Danbouye, a spokesman for the Catholic Diocese of Yola, said dozens of people were killed. Local Chairman Maina Ularamu said officials recovered 45 bodies including those of two police officers. 

Nearly 200 people have been killed this month in attacks by suspected members of the Boko Haram terrorist network in the area around Maiduguri. The city is the birthplace of the group, whose name in the local Hausa language means “Western education is forbidden.” A January 14 car-bomb also detonated in Maiduguri, killing about 70 people.

According to the US Department of State's four-tier threat level categorization system, the criminal and political threat nationwide is described as "Critical," the highest level of threat.

As I have said so often in the past, I STRONGLY discourage tourist travel to Nigeria.

For those who have ESSENTIAL and CRITICAL business travel to the country, I suggest the following:

1. Realize that the president of Nigeria has ordered a state of emergency in the the northeastern states of Borno, Yobe and Adamawa states until further notice, largely to counter the insurgency of the terror group, Boko Haram.

Boko Haram wants to impose sharia law in a country of nearly 170 million people mixed roughly equally between Christians and Muslims. It has become the largest security threat in Africa's top oil exporter and second largest economy;

2. If your are unconvinced that your personal security cannot be assured during your visit to Nigeria, decline offers to visit the country;

3. Keep in mind that Nigeria is a virtually lawless society with few resources to safeguard its own citizens and visiting foreign travelers.

4. If any of our readers who are contemplating travel to Nigeria want security guidance, please email me at: