Boko Haram terrorist network resorts to homemade biodiesel

Nigerian terror group makes biodiesel from groundnut oil and salt.

A Nigerian terrorist network is resorting to making its own biodiesel after the government cut off fuel-supply lines, Agence France-Presse says, citing a military source familiar with the process. The Boko Haram terrorist network, which may have killed as many as 20,000 people since 2009, are stealing groundnuts from local farmers, then adding salt to the oil extracted from groundnuts to make the fuel. The biodiesel is being used for the group's motorcycles.

The extremists have long used pickup trucks and motorbikes for their raids, though have been forced to travel on horseback, bicycles, or on foot because of the fuel shortage. In addition to making the biodiesel, some of the terrorists have had to pay as much as $350 for a 25-liter can of fuel, or almost 30 times the going rate in Maiduguri, because of the fuel shortage and the danger involved in working with Boko Haram.

Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari said late last year that the militants were "technically defeated," and the force has been largely removed from major African cities. Still, the terrorists, who are allied with conservative Islamic extremists, remain a force in the countryside and throughout villages, according to the Associated Press. About 2.4 million people have been displaced throughout Africa because of Boko Haram, while millions of others have faced food shortages because of the network's activities.

Meanwhile, the continued threat of Boko Haram led to more tragedy this week when a vehicle in the convoy of a US ambassador to the UN visiting Cameroon to show US support against the terror group accidentally struck and killed a seven-year-old boy, according to the BBC.

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