"The long festering conflict took a turn for the worse. 'At least 87 people have been killed in an attack by Boko Haram militants in Nigeria's north-eastern Borno state, according to local officials.' "
Nigeria's President Goodluck Jonathan has authorized his military to combat Boko Haram militants as needed, though details were scarce as to what that means. The most recent tally of the kidnapped girls held by Boko Haram is 219 after four additional escapees were discovered.
The cash-strapped governments of Niger, Cameroon and Chad are making efforts to contain Boko Haram militants in their countries, but the militant group is viewed as Nigeria's problem, write Anne Look and Moki Edwin Kindzeka.
Nigeria's Boko Haram militant group is acquiring artillery and other weaponry, enabling it to make bold moves against government installations, experts say. Funding appears to be coming from sources such as piracy, smuggling, drug-trafficking and possibly other militant groups outside of Nigeria, the experts say.