What Motivated Nigeria's Massive Terrorist Bombing?

Dozens Killed in Terrorist Attack in Nigeria

Slate reports that President Goodluck Jonathan is blaming the attack on Boko Haram

by Slate, April 15, 2014

What Motivated Nigeria's Massive Terrorist Bombing?

What Motivated Nigeria's Massive Terrorist Bombing?

At least 71 killed in terrorist attack in Nigeria, an act President Goodluck Jonathan has blamed on Boko Haram.

A police spokesperson said no group had yet claimed responsibility for the bombing, but Boko Haram's involvement would not be a surprise. The movement, based in the country's disproportionately poor northern states, is a confederation of Islamic militants who seek the overthrow of secular authorities and have been involved in a cycle of large-scale violence and reprisal with the central government since 2009. Boko Haram has carried out fatal attacks on schools, churches, and a United Nations compound, and it is considered a terrorist organization by the State department. Both this United Nations report and this Council on Foreign Relations paper, however, find Nigeria's government culpable in the spread of violence.

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