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Jihadist Boko Haram Intensifies Its Deadly Campaign in Nigeria

Smoke and flames billow from the Police Headquarters car park Abuja, Nigeria. Photo by Ayemoba Godswill, copyright © Demotix (29?4?2013).

Smoke and flames billow from the police headquarters car park in Abuja, Nigeria. Boko Haram claimed responsibility for the suicide bombing. Photo by Ayemoba Godswill, copyright Demotix (29/4/2013).

Nigeria is at war with Boko Haram, an Islamic jihadist terrorist movement based in northeast Nigeria, northern Cameroon and Niger that is responsible for thousands of deaths in the last several years. 

In recent weeks, the group has intensified their campaign of slaughtering innocent and hapless Nigerians. Last week, members killed over a dozen students who were travelling to write their pre-university entrance examination in Borno State. Boko Haram is suspected to be behind a bus station bomb blast in Nyanya in the capital Abuja, which left more than 70 people killed.

A few days ago, the group abducted about 100 girls from the Government Girls Secondary School in Chibok, about 130 kilometers west of Maiduguri in northeast Nigeria.

Last year, Boko Haram opened fire on students at the College of Agriculture in Yobe state, gunning down dozens of students aged 18 to 22 while they slept in a dormitory. A timeline of the organization's killings from 2012 is detailed in this post.

Many Nigerian netizens, shocked by these latest crimes, have blamed President Goodluck Jonathan for the deteriorating security situation in the country:

Others think the president is not doing enough: 

@toluogunlesi praised Nigeria's National Security Adviser Colonel Sambo Dasuki:

Who finances Boko Haram, asked Henry Bature Okelue:

Photo released under Creative Commons by Wikipedia user Bohr.

Nigeria states where Boko Haram operates. Photo released under Creative Commons by Wikipedia user Bohr.

One Twitter user called for the slaughter of all Boko Haram members:

Horror for the killing and anguish for the victims:

@onigabby1 wondered if Nigeria still exists:

What is the solution?:

@LovBwise urged activists to protest:

@opinion_river took a measured stance: 

Some called for prayer:

While others called for more than prayer: 

User @naitwt held out hope: 

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