The latest attacks to hit the world

                                 Credit// The Guardian
By: Ashwini Selvakumaran
With everyone focusing on the shootings in San Bernardino and the aftermath of the tragedies in Paris, we tend to forget the smallest stories that can still make the boldest headline.
Firstly, a deadly attack took the lives of at least 27 people in Africa. A local market on the island of Koulfoua, in Chad was struck, according to the BBC and AP, injuring at least 90.
A Chad police spokesman said three female suicide bombers carried out Saturday's attack.
The Lake Chad region straddles the borders of Chad, Cameroon, Niger and Nigeria.
The area has been attacked repeatedly by the Boko Haram militant group, and the region is under a state of emergency.
As many as 17,000 people have been killed in the area since 2009, when Boko Haram began fighting authorities in a bid to impose Islamist rule in Northern Nigeria, reports the BBC.
The human rights organization Amnesty International says some 3,500 have been killed in the area so far in 2015. The Boko Haram group "continues to pose significant threat to the lives of civilians on an almost daily basis across northeast Nigeria and to the neighboring countries Cameroon, Chad and Niger," the group says.
The swampy maze of islands in these border areas has become one of the main targets by Boko Haram because they can hide easily in waterways, reports Reuters. (According to USA today).
Think that's bad? There's more.
A man allegedly shouted “This is for Syria” as he launched a knife attack on three people at a London underground station in what police have described as a terrorist incident. 
The Metropolitan police’s counter-terrorism command is investigating the stabbing in Leytonstone, in which witnesses claimed the attacker said “blood will be spilled”.
A man believed to be 56 suffered knife wounds that were serious but not believed to be life-threatening, while two other people sustained minor injuries in Saturday’s attack. 
“[The attacker] was screaming, ‘This is all for the Syrian people’,” the eyewitness said. “It was quite shocking. Everyone was extremely scared and afraid.” (According to The Guardian).
There have been more attacks then the number of days in the year so far. If this is what the world is coming to, we best be informed.

-Ashwini

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