Boku Haram is Nigeria’s largest Islamist militant group. It has become increasingly violent under the leadership of new leader Abubakar Shekau and especially now that they have pledged allegiance to the Islamic State.
Boku Haram violence has been thriving in Potiskum as early as January of 2015 where three people were killed and 43 others hurt and wounded during a bombing in a market. Two bus stations have also been attacked leaving four dead and 48 hurt in the first incident while the second incident left 17 dead.
The College of Administrative and Business Studies was also targeted in the month of May.
The past week has been a steady burst of heinous violence with several suicide bombings in two small Borno villages killing 97 persons near Lake Chad, 48 persons in two villages near Monguno and just this Sunday, in a church in the Nigerian village of Potiskum, a priest and four congregants were not spared from death, raising the death toll in the African Nation to over a hundred casualties for this week alone.
Statistics show that more than 17,000 people have been victims of senseless killings since 2009 in violence instigated by the Boko Haram militant group, whose six-year insurgency has continued to plague the African society.