Do Muslim fundies make New Year’s resolutions? If so, Boko Haram’s jihadists perhaps resolved to kill more people in 2015 than they did last year, when the death toll stood at “only” about 11,000.
In any case, the Sunni terrorists are off to a good start:
Nigerian Islamist militant group Boko Haram have attacked the northeastern town of Baga for the second time in a week, leaving bodies littering the streets, according to an official.
Two locals said the Islamist insurgents began shooting indiscriminately and burning buildings on Tuesday evening in raids on the civilian population that carried on into Wednesday.
More than 2,000 people are unaccounted for according to Musa Bukar, chairman of local government for the Kukawa district, which includes Baga.
That doesn’t mean they’ve all been murdered, but neither would I bet on their chances of survival.
The dead are “littered on the streets and surrounding bushes”, said Mr Bukar, speaking from a camp in the city of Maiduguri that is sheltering people who have fled the attacks.
Meanwhile, says the New Republic,
… the more than 200 Nigerian girls who were abducted by Boko Haram last year are approaching their ninth month of captivity.