Five attacks Western media ignored
Russia Times has compiled a list of recent deadly attacks that did not get half the attention given to the terrorist attacks in Brussels‚ Belgium‚ or Paris‚ France.
“There is a real bias against media coverage of terrorist attacks in Africa‚ and especially in Nigeria‚” said Max Abrahms‚ assistant professor of political science at Northeastern University in Boston.
The five attacks:
1. NIGERIA – More than 80 killed‚ children burned to death
Boko Haram terrorists killed 86 people on January 30‚ in an attack on a village in northeast Nigeria. AP reported that Boko Haram extremists firebombed huts in the village near the outskirts of the city of Maiduguri‚ the birthplace of the Islamist militant group.
2. IRAQ – ISIS suicide bomber kills 29 at football match
On Friday‚ March 25‚ three days after the Brussels attacks‚ 29 people were killed at a football match in the town of Iskanderiyah‚ 50km south of the capital‚ Baghdad.
3. PAKISTAN – 70 killed in Easter suicide bomb
Taliban faction Jamaat-ul-Ahrar claimed they were behind Sunday’s suicide blast at a park in Pakistan’s eastern city of Lahore that killed at least 70 people and injured more than 280‚ many of them women and children.
4. SYRIA –dozens killed by ISIS
On February 21‚ the Syrian capital Damascus was rocked by a series of explosions‚ killing at least 83 people. Two suicide bombers‚ who were linked to Islamic State‚ carried out the attack.
5. LEBANON –Shiite stronghold bombed by ISIS a day before the Paris attacks
Two suicide bombers detonated their bombs in the Lebanese capital of Beruit‚ killing at least 43 people‚ with a further 240 people injured. ISIS claimed responsibility.