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Boko Haram (ISIS wannabe) attacks force 12,000 pupils from Niger schools

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Some 150 schools with more than 12,000 pupils have been forced to close due to the deadly attacks in Niger’s southeast Diffa region, the United Nations said Friday.

Most of the affected schools are near Lake Chad and on the banks of the Yobe River, which marks the border between Niger and Nigeria, the U.N.’s Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) said in a statement.

The agency said 151 schools with a total of 12,631 pupils had closed due to “insecurity that has sparked the absence of teachers and panic in the population”.

“The pupils are now at camps for displaced people,” the agency said, adding that there are no schools at the camps.

Citing a source in Niger’s government, OCHA also said that 47,000 of Diffa’s 500,000 residents had been forced to flee their homes since February, when Boko Haram launched a string of deadly attacks.

Numerous local schools closed following Boko Haram’s first attacks in the country in February, with more following suit following a recent surge in assaults by the Nigeria-based militant group, a local official told AFP.

Thirteen people were killed and three injured in an attack on the Diffa village of Ala last week, local officials said.

Niger’s government has been working with the U.N. and other partners on a plan intended to allow children to go back to their studies in safer locations by the end of November.

Boko Haram has carried out several bloody attacks in Diffa, as the army struggles to contain the group’s regional advances.

Cameroon, Chad and Niger have formed a military alliance with Nigeria and Benin to battle the militants, who this year declared allegiance to the ISIS.

Boko Haram has been hit hard by the multinational offensive, losing territory, but it has launched attacks and bombings in response.

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Obama is a Really Big Fan of Nigeria’s Muslim Dictator

Daniel Greenfield// Obama did everything he could to undermine Nigeria’s Christian president Jonathan Goodluck in his fight against the Islamic terrorists of Boko Haram. The administration kicked and screamed against even naming Boko Haram a terrorist organization. Every offer of aid was undermined with more claims that Nigeria was violating Muslim civil rights.

Finally Obama got what he wanted. Nigeria’s former Muslim dictator was “elected” and began promptly Islamizing key portions of the military. Then he came to Washington D.C. for a victory lap.

Obama on Monday offered strong support for Nigeria’s new president, Muhammadu Buhari, saying he had a “clear agenda” for defeating the militant Islamist group Boko Haram and was working to root out corruption.

Obama told reporters in the Oval Office that Buhari has integrity and “a very clear agenda in defeating Boko Haram extremists of all sorts inside his country.”

Yes he certainly has a “clear agenda”. As does Obama. As for defeating Boko Haram… don’t ask, don’t tell.

The specific tactics Buhari will use against the group are still unknown, say experts who study the region.

I’m sure he’ll borrow some of the same tactics Obama used to defeat ISIS and the Taliban.

Buhari’s election was the first democratic power transition in decades, which Obama called “an affirmation to Nigeria’s commitment to democracy,”

Nothing affirms democracy like a dictator returning to power, but don’t expect the average media story to mention the minor fact that their democratic champion is a former military dictator.

U.S. cooperation with Buhari’s predecessor, Goodluck Jonathan, had virtually ground to a halt over issues including his refusal to investigate corruption and human rights abuses by the Nigerian military.

By human rights abuses, Obama meant fighting Islamic terrorism.

Boko Haram hacks to death 10 in Nigeria

People walk along a road as they flee Boko Haram, in Maiduguri in Borno State, Nigeria May 14, 2015.

Boko Haram fighters hacked to death 10 people in a remote village in northeast Nigeria, a local government official told AFP.

Maina Ularamu, local government chairman of Madagali, in the north of Adamawa state, said the attack happened early on Friday morning in Pambula-Kwamda village.

“The attackers went into the village around 4:00 am (0300 GMT) while residents were still asleep and used machetes to attack their victims,” he added.

News of the attack only emerged on Monday because of the remote location and communications difficulties caused by the insurgency.

The attack is the latest by Boko Haram in northern Adamawa state, which was declared “clear” of insurgents in March by the military.

A number of villages in the area have been hit as troops try to flush out rebels from their Sambisa Forest stronghold, just across the border in neighbouring Borno state.

Soldiers have in recent weeks rescued hundreds of women and children from the forest after they were kidnapped during Boko Haram raids.

On Sunday, 31 people — most of them children under 12 — who were freed last week were brought to the Malkohi camp outside the northeastern city of Yola, relief officials said.

On Monday, defence spokesman Chris Olukolade said troops had thwarted an attack on Mafa, 50 kilometres (30 miles) east of the Borno state capital, Maiduguri.

About 30 Boko Haram fighters were killed and “many others” wounded, he added in a statement.