AS THE case of the missing Nigerian schoolgirls enters its third
News, 16 May), the Foreign Secretary, William Hague, has
promised more "tactical assistance" to Nigerian government forces
in order to counter the threat from the Islamist group Boko
More than 200 schoolgirls were kidnapped two months ago from
their school in Chibok, in the north-east of Nigeria; and, despite
help from the UK and the United States, they have not been found.
They are thought to have been hidden in the remote forest regions
of northern Nigeria. The assistance will include more training for
troops, who are facing repeated attacks.
Boko Haram has increased its activities in recent weeks,
carrying out shootings and machete attacks in remote villages. More
than 2000 civilians have died in the region since the group began
its insurgency in 2009.
In some cases, villagers say that it has taken more than a week
for government troops to arrive. Churches have also been targeted
by Boko Haram, which is attempting to set up an Islamic state in
A suicide bomber this week killed at least 13 people who had
gathered in Damaturu, in northern Nigeria, to watch a televised
World Cup match. A state of emergency is now in place there.