Boko Haram Raid Kills 55 In Nigeria



BAMA– Suspected members of the Islamist sect Boko Haram have killed 55 people during a raid on the Nigerian town of Bama, the military reported Wednesday.

Around 200 armed members of the rebel group laid siege on this remote town in a predawn raid Tuesday, and attacked official buildings, including the police station, army barracks and the prison, military spokesman Sagir Musa told Reuters.

During this five-hour raid, the gunmen freed 105 prisoners and killed 55 people, in what is described by Reuters as one of the rebels’ most deadly attacks since 2009.

Among the 55 people killed during the attack were 22 police officers and 14 prison officials. According the police commander in Bama “three children and a woman were also burnt to death,” and 13 members of Boko Haram died, the Nigerian Tribune reports.

The Boko Haram sect is known to be based in this north-eastern region of Nigeria called Borno state, and their attacks often happen in this area. They seek to overthrow the government and implement an Islamic state, the BBC explains.

Last month the Nigerian military launched a raid to hunt down militants in Borno state, after Boko Haram militants attacked a military patrol, the BBC adds. The army was accused of using excessive force as 200 people died and thousands of buildings were destroyed.

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A Mother In Spain Denied Child Custody Because She Lives In Rural Area

A court in Spain usurps custody of the one-year-old boy living with his mother in the "deep" part of the Galicia region, forced to instead live with his father in the southern city of Marbella, which the judge says is "cosmopolitan" with good schools and medical care. Women's rights groups have taken up the mother's case.

A child in Galician countryside

Laure Gautherin

A Spanish court has ordered the withdrawal of a mother's custody of her one-year-old boy because she is living in the countryside in northwestern Spain, where the judge says the child won't have "opportunities for the proper development of his personality."

The case, reported Monday in La Voz de Galicia, has sparked outrage from a women's rights association but has also set off reactions from politicians of different stripes across the province of Galicia, defending the values of rural life.

Judge María Belén Ureña Carazo, of the family court of Marbella, a city on the southern coast of 141,000 people, has ordered the toddler to stay with father who lives in the city rather than with his mother because she was living in "deep Galicia" where the child would lack opportunities to "grow up in a happy environment."

Front page of La Voz de Galicia - October 25, 2021

Front page of La Voz de Galicia - Monday 25 October, 2021

La Voz de Galicia

Better in a "cosmopolitan" city?

The judge said Marbella, where the father lives, was a "cosmopolitan city" with "a good hospital" as well as "all kinds of schools" and thus provided a better environment for the child to thrive.

The mother has submitted a formal complaint to the General Council of the Judiciary that the family court magistrate had acted with "absolute contempt," her lawyer told La Voz de Galicia.

The mother quickly accumulated support from local politicians and civic organizations. The Clara Campoamor association described the judge's arguments as offensive, intolerable and typical of "an ignorant person who has not traveled much."

The Xunta de Galicia, the regional government, has addressed the case, saying that any place in Galicia meets the conditions to educate a minor. The Socialist party politician Pablo Arangüena tweeted that "it would not hurt part of the judiciary to spend a summer in Galicia."

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