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Boko Haram was the world’s deadliest terror group in 2014, ahead of the self-proclaimed Islamic State, according to a report released on 18 November by the Institute of Economics and Peace.

Boko Haram was responsible for 6,664 deaths in 2014, more than any other terrorist group in the world, according to the Global Terrorism Index; it said Islamic State had killed 6,073 people during the same period.

The Index, which tracks attacks globally, also said the Islamic State and Boko Haram were responsible for half of all global deaths attributed to terrorism. Both are known for singling out Christians in their attacks.

With the world’s attention on Paris and the 132 lives lost on 13 November, the radical Islamist group Boko Haram killed 49 people in two attacks in less than 48 hours in northern Nigeria. On 17 November, 34 people lost their lives in a suicide attack in a busy vegetable market in Yola, Adamawa State. Some 80 others were injured.

The following day, 15 people were killed and 53 injured in twin blasts in a popular phone market in Nigeria’s main northern city of Kano. According to local sources, two female suicide bombers detonated their bombs.

Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari, who vowed to eradicate the Islamist insurgency, condemned the attacks. He called on Nigerians not to despair, and to renew vigilance in order to reduce the frequency of such attacks.

In recent months, dozens of towns and villages in north-eastern Nigeria, taken over by militants last year, have been liberated by the Nigerian military. But the situation is still volatile as the radical group has intensified suicide attacks both in Nigeria and neighbouring Chad, Cameroon and Niger.

Source: World Watch Monitor

Prayer Points

  • Ask the Lord to intervene in the suffering of so many; pray He may bring spiritual revival to the nation of Nigeria and, as a result, bring great change.
  • Pray for those who are suffering grief, loss and injury; may they not despair but instead fix their eyes on what is eternal.
  • Ask the Lord to remove the power Boko Haram has over its victims; pray He will bring disunity and dysfunction to the group. Ask God to grant His strength, wisdom and favour to those attempting to bring down Boko Haram.

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