Piracy Also Rising Off Nigeria
By Harold Hutchison
The Islamist terror group Boko Haram is coming back despite a military crackdown in West Africa. The group has taken advantage of porous borders with Chad, Cameroon, and Niger to start taking control of the area around Lake Chad.
The Islamist group, whose name means “Western Education is sinful,” was founded in 2002 with the goal of establishing an Islamist state in the oil-rich nation. One recent operation bythe group killed 55 people and resulted in the freeing of 100 prisoners.
Also, piracy is on the rise. Five Russians and a Pole were released by pirates who had stormed their ship off the coast of Nigeria. The International Maritime Bureau has reported 19 attacks off the West African country this year.