Back and forth on the Boko Haram occupation

Another Boko Haram attack on two villages in north-eastern Nigeria killed at least 30 people. According to local witnesses, the raiders were looting food supplies, carting away herds, and kidnapping women and children. The precise situation remains unclear. Moreover, a double suicide attack at the Dikwa Camp hosting internally displaced persons (IDPs) in Borno State, left more than 70 dead. While the government has successfully won back parts of Boko Haram-occupied territory, the Islamist militants still carry out sporadic attacks on remote villages. On a positive note, Ibrahim Gaidam, the Governor of Yobe State, declared on 14 February that there is no part of the state currently under the occupation of Boko Haram insurgents and that the relocation of some 300 000 IDPs would start as soon as the security situation is cleared. According to the Global Terrorism Index, Boko Haram killed 6 644 people in 2014, an increase of more than 300% from the previous year.