The kidnapping of nearly 300 Nigerian girls has raised the international profile of the militant Islamic group Boko Haram and could help with future recruitment as well as fundraising, according to defense officials.
“It’s a win-win for them no matter what happens,”said one official who spoke on background.
Even though the recent French intervention in Mali significantly cut financial support for the group, the defense officials said the terrorists could attempt to claim, “We (Boko Haram) were able to do this, we will do it again and no matter how many times this happens, there is nothing you (Nigerian government) can do to stop us.”
In the same way an attack and hostage taking at an Algerian gas plant in January 2013 raised the profile of Al Qaeda in the Islamic Magreb or AQIM, and its leader Mokhtar Belmokhar, the Nigerian kidnapping has given the little-known group whose name means “western education is sinful” a global stage.
SOURCE: Catherine Herridge