Reaction of the Nigerian government to the Boko Haram insurgency
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The Nigerian forces have been so far mostly unable to counteract the Boko Haram insurgency. In NE Nigeria, the government forces are losing ground to the Boko Haram militia. Some of the military's strongholds and forts are being surrounded: the soldiers only dare going out in large numbers. The government forces are demoralized, overwhelmed, infiltrated by corrupt elements. 1
What's worse, Nigerian forces sometimes employ the same terror tactics as Boko Haram. For example, in April 2013, one Nigerian soldier is killed in an ambush. In reprisal, the government forces burn 2,000 homes. 2
- [05 Aug. 2014] Amnesty International: Nigeria: Gruesome footage implicates military in war crimes .
- [05 Aug. 2014] Amnesty International: Q&A: Nigeria’s military implicated in war crimes.
- [30 Nov. 2014] Nigeria vows to hunt those behind 'heinous' mosque attacks.
- Wikipedia: Multinational Joint Task Force, comprises units of the Chadian, Nigerien, and Nigerian armed forces.
- 1. Source: http://www.lemonde.fr/afrique/article/2015/01/11/boko-haram-la-strategie...
- 2. Source: Human Rights Watch, via http://www.lemonde.fr/afrique/article/2015/01/11/boko-haram-la-strategie...