Saturday, May 6, 2017

Nigeria: Boko Haram Prepares To Kidnap Foreigners


Britain said on Friday that the jihadist group Boko Haram was preparing to kidnap foreigners in northeastern Nigeria.

The Foreign Office in London said it received reports that the jihadist group was "actively planning" the kidnapping of foreigners working in the country in the Bama region of Borno state in the north-east of the country.
The US embassy in Abuja said in a message to its nationals that the report was "credible".
In a notice to travelers, Great Britain and the United States have indicated that the area concerned is "along the Banki-Kumshe axis", on the border with Cameroon.
For the past two years, the insurgents have been driven out of most of the territories they seized in 2014 to found an Islamic caliphate. But despite this weakening, attacks and suicide bombings continue.
The conflict, which has lasted eight years, has left more than 20,000 dead and 2.6 million displaced, devastating the region and rendering millions of people dependent on humanitarian aid.

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