Radical Islamic Group Launches Deadly Attacks in Nigeria

Monday, November 07, 2011

A man stands next to debris after a suicide bombing in Abuja, Nigeria. (Getty)

It was a deadly weekend in Nigeria. The radical Islamist group Boko Haram staged a series of attacks that the Nigerian Red Cross says has left more than 100 dead in the northeastern part of the country. The terrorist attacks included shootings and suicide bombings, showing the increasing sophistication of a group which, by some counts, has killed as many as 330 people this year alone. On Sunday, the U.S. Embassy in Nigeria warned that luxury hotels in Abuja might be targets of further attacks.

John Campbell is the senior fellow for Africa policy at the Council on Foreign Relations, discusses the changing face of Islamist extremism in the context of Boko Haram. Campbell was also the U.S. Ambassador to Nigeria from 2004 to 2007.


Ambassador John Campbell

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Joseph Capriglione

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