President Barak Obama this week congratulated Navy Seals for their daring nighttime rescue of two hostages, American Jessica Buchanan and Danish Pole Thistedwere, held by Somali pirates since October 2011. At the time of kidnapping, they worked for the Danish Refugee Council. Jessica who is in her 30s started to show weakening health condition which prompted the rescue that was in planning for quite some time according to Vice President Joe Biden. According to sources, some overheard President, who uttered “Good job tonight, good job tonight” to Defense Secretary Leon Panetta before his State of the Union address. According to sources, all hostage takers were killed during the raid.
Navy Seals parachuted into the grounds where hostages were held and picked up by helicopters after the raid. Seals surprised hostage takers and there was an exchange of gunfire. Neither Seals nor hostages were injured.
President contacted Buchanan’s father immediately after the address to inform him of his daughter’s rescue, reports various news sources.
This is the second time in less than a year that the members of the same Navy Seals team were involved in a daring mission. Last year they killed Osama bin Laden in a more complicated mission deep inside Pakistan.
At least 150 people were killed in the city of Kano when two cars were blown up by two suicide bombers from the Boko Haram, an Islamic radical sect. The targets of this attack were the local headquarters of the secret Nigerian, immigration offices and police stations.
In a visit to the demolished police headquarters which was enough to render the President Goodluck Johnson speechless, he said, “The federal government will not rest until we arrest the perpetrators of this act. They are not spirits, they are not ghosts.”
The blast left many corpses lying on the streets with their security agency or police uniforms making the target of this latest attack obvious. Despite the efforts of the guards on duty to shoot out the tires of the terrorist vehicle before it reached the lobby of the headquarters, the explosives were powerful enough to blow out the windows and the roof.
The reason cited for this attack was provided by a Boko Haram spokesperson who said that the reason for the attacks was because the government refused to release some of this terrorist group’s members.
This is not the first time that this Islamic fundamentalist group has carried out such attacks as this one reminded people of the deadly attack on UN headquarters which took the lives of at least 510 people.
It is also evidence to the fact that Boko Haram, which means ‘Wester education is sacrilege’ in the language of Hausa, has so far been successful in evading capture by the Nigerian central government as it continues to take numerous lives, 226 for this year already.