Islamic Extremism Returns in Africa

Islamic Terrorism Returns in Africa

( – A jihadist attack has killed 16 people and injured dozens more in northern Nigeria, according to a report from AFP. Officials originally reported that 10 people were killed, but new reports provided an updated death toll. The AFP report said an extremist group that was regularly targeted by the Trump administration has claimed responsibility for the four-hour onslaught.

The attack began around 5:45 p.m. on Tuesday, February 23, in the northeastern Nigerian city of Maiduguri. It’s unknown how many attackers were involved, but witnesses reported hearing explosions and rifle fire. Local security officers said rocket-propelled grenades were used. This is a new tactic, with previous attacks in Nigeria usually carried out by suicide bombers.

Terrorist organization Boko Haram has claimed responsibility for the attack, according to AFP. Even by jihadist standards, the group’s brutality is legendary, and it’s been repeatedly targeted by multinational forces including the US military. The group was declared “technically defeated” in 2019, however, it looks like they’re back – and as insanely murderous as ever.

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