In its latest attacks, the Nigerian-based terrorist group Boko Haram targeted Muslims celebrating Ramadan.
Continuing its offensive against Maiduguri, Boko Haram is suspected of launching two bomb attacks in the Borno state capital on Monday. Over 30 people were killed as two female suicide bombers targeted a popular market.
As coalition forces have pushed Boko Haram from its former strongholds, the terrorist group has retained the ability to strike back. Its relatively new official ties to the Islamic State may enhance the group’s longevity, creating a more difficult security environment for Nigeria and its partners.
As forces from Nigeria, Chad, and Niger continue to push Boko Haram from its strongholds in northeastern Nigeria, the group has continued to inflict damage upon civilians. Earlier this month, Boko Haram kidnapped over 400 young women and children from the Nigerian town of Damasak near the border with Niger.
While Nigeria and its military partners are wresting control of northeast Nigeria from Boko Haram, it is becoming apparent that the fight against the jihadist group will continue regardless of the group’s ability to hold land.
Boko Haram is suspected of launching repeated suicide attacks in Nigeria’s northeast while Nigerian forces continue their attempts to dislodge the group.
Boko Haram launched a series of attacks as it continued its campaign to take control of northeastern Nigeria. A number of villages came under fire within hours of an official visit by US Secretary of State John Kerry to Lagos.
Boko Haram has continued its murderous rampage against civilians and security personnel. While concentrated in northeastern Nigeria, the group’s recent attacks have also targeted Cameroon and its security apparatus.