Nigeria Security Tracker March 2014


Nigeria Security Tracker March 2014

16 Apr 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 March 2014 shows a sharp rise in violence, with much of this attributed to clashes between Boko Haram and state security services.

The NST has recorded and mapped deaths from violence in Nigeria since 2011 and is updated periodically. It depicts deaths by state, deaths over time and by perpetrator. The data are based on weekly surveys of Nigerian and international media and focus on violent incidents directed at government property, places of worship and suicide bombings.

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

Key Findings for March 2014
  • The monthly update for March 2014 shows a sharp rise in violence.
  • The NST recorded 3,456 deaths in March 2014 alone.
  • Boko Haram accounted for 157 of these; clashes between Boko Haram and the state security services accounted for 2,642 and sectarian violence accounted for 485 deaths.

There were three significant attacks during March 2014, as recorded by the NST, with each related directly or indirectly to Boko Haram. They were:

  • 14 March 2014: The attack on the Giwa Barracks – the Joint Task Force headquarters where Abubakar Shekau, the leader of Boko Haram claimed responsibility.
  • 29 March 2014: Security Services attacked insurgents in Sambisa forest, Borno State. There were reports that over 2,000 insurgents were killed during this incident, making it the deadliest incident since 2011.
  • 30 March 2014: There was an attempted jailbreak by suspected Boko Haram insurgents from the security services' jail in Abuja. There are no confirmed reports about the incident but some suggest there were 22 deaths as a result.

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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