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    Boko Haram militants carried out several deadly attacks in Nigeria’s restive northern regions in recent days.

    MOSCOW, January 12 (Sputnik) – Ignatius Kaigama, the Catholic Archbishop of Jos, a city in central Nigeria, has urged the global community to rally behind Nigeria and other African countries, plagued by terrorist violence, the way it supported France after deadly attacks last week, BBC reports.

    "We need that spirit to be spread around," Kaigama told BBC, referring to global display of solidarity against terrorism following attacks in France. "Not just when it [an attack] happens in Europe, but when it happens in Nigeria, in Niger, in Cameroon. … We [must] mobilise our international resources and face or confront the people who bring such sadness to many families," he added.

    The remarks come after a series of deadly incidents, which took place in Nigeria’s restive northern regions in recent days. Over the weekend, three female suicide bombers killed at least 23 people, according to AFP. One of the attackers was reportedly as young as 10 years old.

    On January 4, Boko Haram militants captured the town of Baga in Borno State, reportedly killing hundreds. "The human carnage perpetrated by Boko Haram terrorists in Baga was enormous," Muhammad Abba Gava, a spokesman for a local defense group that fights militants, told the Associated Press. Reports emerged that approximately 2,000 people, mostly women, children and the elderly, were killed, according to Amnesty International. However, they remain unconfirmed.

    Ignatius Kaigama stressed that Nigeria is unable to tackle the Boko Haram insurgency on its own. "It is a monumental tragedy. It has saddened all of Nigeria. But… we seem to be helpless. Because if we could stop Boko Haram, we would have done it right away. But they continue to attack, and kill and capture territories… with such impunity," he said, as quoted by BBC.

    Boko Haram is a militant group, which aims at establishing an Islamic state in northern Nigeria. Large swathes of land in the Borno State, as well as in neighboring Adamawa and Yobe are believed to be under control of the Islamists. The Boko Haram insurgency left over 13,000 people dead since 2009, according to AFP.


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