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US Department of State’s Bureau of Counter-Terrorism Release Annual Country Reports On Terrorism 2020

The US Department of State’s Bureau of Counter-Terrorism has released their annual country reports on terrorism in the year 2020. 

They are doing the report to investigate the case of terrorism levels in each country and what the countries have to currently manage the problems. 

Based on 2020, in Nigeria, Boko Haram and ISIS-West Africa (WA) continued their attacks against the Federal government, civilians, and security forces in the Northeast, which led to injuries, deaths, kidnappings, and the capture and destruction of properties. 

Reports say that the attacks of Boko Haram do not differentiate between civilians and government officials, but ISIS-WA does not always target the Federal government and security forces. 

They added that the terorist groups had carried out hundreds of attacks in Nigeria in the year 2020. They said they use arms, steal military equipment, ambush, detonate bombs, operate illegal checkpoints and taxation systems, and kidnap and kill citizens. 

Nigeria has worked with affected neighbors in the Lake Chad Basin under the MNJTF to counter Boko Haram and ISIS-WA attacks. 

But the report said that ISIS-WA and Boko Haram are still enjoying almost complete freedom of movement in Yobe State and Borno State. 

Up till date, terrorist actions by Boko Haram and ISIS-WA have contributed to the internal displacement of about two million people in Borno, Adamawa, and Yobe states, and the external displacement of more than 300,000 Nigerian refugees to their neighbouring countries like Chad, Cameroon, and Niger. 

The Bring Back Our Girls (BBOG) campaign, which began after the kidnapping of 276 students by Boko Haram in Chibok in 2014, in Borno State, said they are yet to see 112 students. 

The Bring Back Our Girls (BBOG) campaign said while most of the 113 students regained their freedom, one student is still in the custody of insurgents.

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