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.
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.
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.