WASHINGTON, D.C.--Today, Congressman Ted Poe (TX-02), Chairman of the Subcommittee on Terrorism issued the following statement on the deadly Boko Haram terrorist attack in Nigeria:

“Boko Haram’s recent rampage in northeast Nigeria may have killed as many as 2,000 innocent Nigerians. If these horrific numbers are verified, it will stand as one of the most heinous acts by a terrorist organization in recent history. Boko Haram is not just another terrorist group anymore; they are a scourge that must be wiped off the map. But efforts to date have proved ineffective. We must find a better way to work with the Nigerian government before Boko Haram succeeds in massacring more innocents. As Chairman of the House Foreign Affairs Subcommittee on Terrorism, I have been working tirelessly to call attention to the evils of terrorist organizations like Boko Haram, and I continue to urge the President to formulate a comprehensive global terrorism strategy to combat this threat. Twice in one week now innocent lives have been lost to senseless and cowardly acts of terror.”