19 Killed in Nigeria Terror Attack

The aftermath of a 2015 suicide bombing in Maiduguri, Nigeria. (Photo: STR/AFP/Getty Images)

Three suicide bombers killed 19 people in an attack on a fish market in northeastern Nigeria, according to Al Jazeera. At least 70 others were wounded in the attack, which took place 20 kilometers (12.4 miles) from the center of Maiduguri in Borno State.

No group has yet claimed responsibility for the attack. However, Musa Ari from the Civilian Joint Task Force said it was no question” that the attack was carried out by the Islamist terror group Boko Haram.

Read Clarion Project’s Fact Sheet on Boko Haram

Boko Haram has long carried out a terrorist insurgency campaign against the central government in Nigeria. Some 20,000 people have been killed by Boko Haram since 2009 and over two million people displaced.

Boko Haram, which was founded in 2002, literally means “Western education is forbidden” in the local Hausa dialect. In 2015, the group pledged allegiance to the Islamic State.

In 2014, terrorist from Boko Haram kidnapped 276  schoolgirls from Chibok, sparking an international campaign to secure their release.



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