Nigeria Security Tracker April 2014

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Nigeria Security Tracker April 2014

16 May 2014

The Nigeria Security Tracker (NST) is a project which maps violence that is motivated by political, economic or social grievances. It is produced by the Council on Foreign Relations' (CFR) Africa program.

The latest information for April 2014 shows that while international attention focused on the kidnapping incident of the school girls from Chibok, Borno State and with Boko Haram ultimately claiming responsibility, further attacks have continued in other parts of Nigeria, including two bombings in Abuja.

The first of these took place on the 14th of April, the morning before the school girls were kidnapped, and the second was on the 1st of May. Official reports claim seventy-five people died in the first explosion, which targeted commuters heading into Abuja for work. Eye witnesses however credibly put the actual casualty rate closer to five hundred. Thirty people were killed in the second explosion.

The NST is edited by Ralph Bunche Senior Fellow for Africa Studies John Campbell, the author of our Nigeria Situation Report.

 

Key Findings
  • In total, the NST recorded fifty-seven incidents of political violence in Nigeria in April;
  • As a result of these, 910 people died;
  • Boko Haram was involved in 330 deaths in sixteen separate incidents, but - and this is often sidelined in favor of attention paid to Boko Haram - in only ten attacks in April, sectarian violence resulted in 397 deaths;
  • Most sectarian violence is concentrated in the Middle Belt, is not structured or coordinated by outside elements, but is embedded deeply in the tensions and realities on the ground.

You can read more about the Nigeria Security Tracker here.

This article summarises an external report, and is not to be taken as the view of the Tony Blair Faith Foundation. 

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