Nigerian militant network Boko Haram has claimed responsibility for the April 14 bombing of a bus station in Nyanya, a suburb of the capital Abuja, that killed 75 people. In a video message, Boko Haram commander Abubakar Shekau says he ordered the attack, but says nothing about the mass abduction of more than 100 teenage girls from a secondary school in Chibok, Borno State, most of whom are still missing. In the video, Shekau describes the bombing as a "tiny incident," and warns of many more to come. In words directed by name at President Goodluck Jonathan, Shekau says: "Jonathan, you are now too small for us. We can only deal with your grand masters like Obama the president of America. Even they cannot do anything to us. We are more than them."
Shekau also issued a video taking responsibility for the March 14 attack on the Giwa military barracks in Maiduguri, Borno state, in which several detainees were freed. Amnesty International charges that Nigeria's army killed some 600 people, mostly unarmed recaptured detainees, after regaining control of the facility. Boko Haram has been responsible for 3,982 deaths so far this year, according to the Nigeria Security Tracker website. (VOA, USA Today, April 21; 360nobs.com, April 20; This Day Live, April 16; AI, BBC News, March 31)