20 Killed as Islamic Extremists insurrection in Nigeria continues

BY Willis Raburu  April 16, 2014 at 5:41 PM EDT

Twenty people were killed in northeastern Nigeria Wednesday after Islamic extremists attacked in the country for the fourth time in three days.

Focus began to shift in the press to the role of the politicians in the 5-year-old insurgency and whether military and security forces were capable of buffering the uprisings that have seen more that 1,500 people killed thus far in 2014.

“As Nigeria bleeds all over, a more heart-rending phenomenon is the politicization of the insurgency,” The Guardian newspaper of Nigeria wrote in an editorial Wednesday, also adding that this latest open attack on the people of Nigeria “calls into question the strategy of the Nigerian security forces and their commitment to the fight.”

Gwoza district has been the focus of many headlines for Nigeria. Wednesday morning, gunmen attacked the village of Wala, killing 18 people. Tuesday, 100 young women taking final exams were abducted. Monday, a massive explosion rocked the bus station killing at least 175 people.

“We in Gwoza have suffered too many attacks, killings and destruction,” Gwoza emir Idrissa Timta said to the Associated Press. “Our people have been forced to flee, our markets no longer operate optimally, food items, goods and wares are no longer coming in … We want action from government so that lives can be saved.”