Friday, June 06, 2014

This is how Boko Haram funds its evil

By Terrence McCoy, WashPost, Updated: June 6 at 3:29 am

If there was an exact moment the international community understood the breadth of Boko Haram’s evil, it came on May 5, when the group’s leader grinned and announced he would sell 200 kidnapped schoolgirls in his “market of selling human beings.”

It was day. He was surrounded by masked minions. And behind Abubakar Shekau, a man who rose through Boko Haram’s ranks through unmatched brutality and religious fanaticism, loomed several armored vehicles. Local experts said the video was likely shot in the remote Sambisa forest in northeastern Nigeria — and the juxtaposition between the bucolic settings and the high-tech machinery made a jarring contrast.

Despite the poverty of northern Nigeria — where 70 percent of people live on less than a dollar per day – the Boko Haram terrorist group has at its disposal a seemingly limitless amount of heavy weaponry, vehicles, bombs and ammunition that it uses to kill with unfathomable wantonness.

The Islamic militancy, masquerading as members of the military, raided three villages in northeastern Nigeria this week and mowed down 400 villagers “from house to house” using “sophisticated weapons,” one local leader told Bloomberg.

(More here.)

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