Boko Haram bombs civilians while Nigerian military is criticized for abuses

(The Christian Science Monitor) Boko Haram attacks in recent months, including at a mosque as evening prayer began, are increasingly using suicide bombers to target civilians, a new strategy that the Nigerian military says shows the group’s weakness.

Addressing the nation October 1 to mark 55 years of independence, Presi­dent Muhammadu Buhari said Boko Haram’s bombing tactics were “indicative of their cowardice and desperation.”

The insurgents have kidnapped an estimated 2,000 females since 2009, according to Human Rights Watch, including more than 200 schoolgirls from Chibok in April 2014.