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Nigerian police shot and killed a suspect yesterday after an attack on a busy shopping plaza approximately four miles from the US Embassy in Abuja. One witness told the Associated Press a bomb was dropped at the entrance to the mall by a motorcyclist. The attack happened during the Nigeria/Argentina World Cup match. This is the second time in a week that an attack thought the be launched by the terror group Boko Haram has taken place during a World Cup match.
The terror group that kidnapped 276 schoolgirls last month gunned down a traditional Muslim emir in an attack on a convoy in northeastern Nigeria on Friday, according to the government in Borno state. The Emir of Gwoza, Alhaji Idrissa Timta, was travelling with the Emirs of Uba and Askira to a attend a funeral when the suspected Islamist gunmen opened fire on their car in Zhura, a remote community in Borno state.
The Pentagon says almost 300 Marines have been moved to a naval air station in Sicily in response to the growing unrest in Africa. There is trouble in Sudan, the Central African Republic, Libya and Nigeria. The U.S. is using surveillance drones in the search for the kidnapped Nigerian girls. Officials say at least one Global Hawk surveillance drone is in use, in addition to manned MC-12 aircraft.
The Pentagon is using drones to help search in northeastern Nigeria for school girls kidnapped by the terror group Boko Haram, although they will not call them drones. Pentagon spokesman Colonel Steve Warren explains, "as a general rule we don't discuss our use of unmanned aircraft." He indicates there are security concerns, continuing, "there are sensitivities surrounding where they are based out of." Warren says they are being used to collect intelligence and conduct surveillance.
We are getting a clearer picture of how much help the U.S. is giving Nigeria to help in the search for almost 300 school girls kidnapped by terror group Boko Haram. The Pentagon says 16 DoD personnel are a part of a government-wide team of 30. The team includes planners and advisers already in Nigeria that have been redirected to assist the government. France, Benin, Chad, Cameroon and Niger, as well as representatives of Britain and the EU are all helping in the search.
On Monday at 6:45 a.m. local time in Abuja, Nigeria, a large explosion rocked a crowded bus station in the Abuja suburb of Nyanya. Nigerian authorities say at least 71 people died in the blast and more than 150 were seriously injured. No group immediately claimed responsibility for the explosion, but authorities believe terror group Boko-Haram placed a large vehicle-borne explosive device in the area.
Mark Schroeder, vice president of Africa analysis at Strator, will discuss the rise of the Boko Haram terrorist group in Nigeria.
November 15, 2013 (Encore presentation November 22, 2013)