The wave of attacks led by a radical Islamist group in Nigeria has claimed around 100 lives so far, according to reports. The attacks that started two days ago saw three cities battered by explosions and gunfire.
The Boko Haram Haram, a militant Islāmic group is alleged to be responsible for the violence in Maiduguri, Damaturu and Potiskum. The rebel group is believed to have initiated the attacks in retaliation to avenge the killings of their members in 2009, according to the speaker of the group Abul Qaqa, who spoke to newspapers in Nigeria.
Boko Haram’s prominence rose in 2009, when it launched an uprising that was brutally suppressed by a military assault leaving around 800 dead, including its headquarters in Maiduguri in ruins.
Since then the outfit has been lying low for about a year before it remerged in 2010 with a series of assassinations. There are speculations in Nigeria that the Boko Haram outfit has forged links with other extremist groups, including al-Qaida's North African branch.