Special squad to combat Boko Haram – The Nigerian Army has established a special squad to combat the Islamic sect Boko Haram, which is behind the spate of bombings that have left hundreds dead, mostly in northern Nigeria, in recent times. The Chief of Army Staff, Lt.-Gen. Azubuike Ihejirika, announced the establishment of the special squad at a security awareness workshop in the capital city of Abuja Wednesday.
He said the special squad would complement the efforts of other security outfits battling the sect, and boost the capacity of the army to handle the Boko Haram challenge.
‘The unpredictable and random nature of terrorist acts makes it difficult for security forces to protect all potential victims and targets, since they (terrorists) are faceless and have an unlimited number of potential targets,’ the army chief said.
The Nigerian military has already deployed a Joint Military Task Force to combat the terrorists.
Among other attacks, Boko Haram claimed responsibility for August’s bombing of the UN office in Abuja, which left 24 dead.