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Does ‘terrorism’ mean too much to too many?

We must get better at when to use the word terrorism to describe acts of violence: in a world rife with too much terrorism, why would we want to make more?

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April Today in Terrorism

April 8, 2011: Terrorists bomb Nigerian elections office

On April 8, 2011 a possible Boko Haram bomb blast killed at least six people at the office of Nigeria’s election commission in the central town of Suleja.

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April Today in Terrorism

April 5, 2013: Attack on patrol boat in Nigeria

On April 5, 2013 Niger Delta terrorists ambushed a police boat in the oil-producing Niger Delta region, killing 12 police officers.

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March Today in Terrorism

March 6, 2018: Boko Haram massacres loggers

On March 6, 2018 four loggers were killed when they stepped on a landmine left by Boko Haram in northeastern Nigeria

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February Today in Terrorism

February 24, 2012: Boko Haram orchestrates Nigerian prison attack

On February 24, 2012 Boko Haram attacked a police station and prison in the Nigerian city of Gombe, killing four.

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November Today in Terrorism

November 22, 2015: Female suicide bomber attacks refugees in Nigeria

On November 22, 2015 a 20-year old female suicide bomber disguised as a refugee detonated her load in NE Nigeria, killing 8 and wounding 7.

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November Today in Terrorism

November 13, 2018: Boko Haram massacres farmers in Nigeria

On November 13, 2018 Boko Haram jihadists killed at least 16 farmers and left dozens missing in Nigeria’s Borno state.

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September Today in Terrorism

September 20, 2015: Boko Haram sets off multiple bombs in Nigeria

On this day in 2015, Boko Haram killed at least 80 people and wounded about 150 injured in multiple bomb attacks in northeastern Nigeria’s Borno state.

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June Today in Terrorism

June 2, 2016: Terrorists behead 74-year-old woman in Nigeria

On June 2, 2016 a 74-year-old woman was “mobbed and extra-judicially murdered” at a market in northern Nigeria

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Why the death of a terrorist group leader may not be as big as it seems

Killing a person is relatively straightforward: killing an idea less so.