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U.S. official: Boko Haram isn’t targeting just Christians

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Before Wednesday’s hearing, Chairman Ed Royce, R-Calif., and ranking member Eliot Engel, D-N.Y., met with Deborah Peter, a Nigerian teen who survived a Boko Haram attack in 2011. The terrorists killed her father, a pastor, and her brother in front of her. Until now, WORLD had been the only publication to tell her story, but she decided to speak out further after the abductions last month, which occurred in her home town of Chibok. 

Peter, 15, told me she is concerned for her mother, who attended the school where the girls were abducted and remains in Nigeria. She said she is happy about all the media coverage now exposing Boko Haram: “I think it’s good because they’re trying to help my people.”

Royce and Engel will host a briefing on Boko Haram for all members of Congress on Thursday. Royce urged action, citing attacks that killed 118 on Tuesday and at least 48 more on Wednesday. 

“As we talk about it, additional attacks have occurred,” Royce said. “Boko Haram is in the process of expanding its reach.”

J.C. Derrick
J.C. Derrick

J.C. is a reporter in WORLD's Washington Bureau. He spent 10 years covering sports, higher education, and politics for the Longview News-Journal and other newspapers in Texas before joining WORLD in 2012. Follow J.C. on Twitter @jcderrick1.

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