Horrified, a lone eyewitness hid in a tree and heard the screams of dying children, as Boko Haram militants firebombed huts in his home village, Dalori. The Saturday attack has claimed 86 lives so far. Nearby refugee camps were also hit.
The Islamic terror group left behind three female suicide bombers who claimed the lives of many people as they fled from Dalori to nearby Gamori village, according to soldiers and villagers at the scene.
Boko Haram’s stated goal is to carve an “Islamic” state out of northeastern Nigeria.
The attack lasted nearly four hours. Nigerian troops arrived at 6:40PM Saturday, but were unable to push back the better armed militants until reinforcements arrived.
The eyewitness, Alamin Bakura, said many of his family members were killed or injured. 86 corpses, many charred and ridden with bullets, were collected Sunday afternoon. 62 were hospitalized with burns, said Abba Musa of the State Specialist Hospital in Maiduguri.
The attack took place just 5km from Maiduguri, birthplace of Boko Haram and northeastern Nigeria’s largest city. Nigeria’s military is pushing the militants out of their strongholds in the region. So they are increasingly attacking soft targets – crowded markets, villages, and places of worship.
Boko Haram has chased over 2.5 million people from their homes, killed 20,000, and abducted hundreds. Their kidnapping of 276 schoolgirls in 2014 provoked international outrage. Boko Haram pledged alliegence to ISIS in 2015.
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On December 24th, Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari declared Boko Haram had lost its ability to wage ‘articulated conventional attacks on centers of communication and populations’ and can only rely on suicide bombers.
President Buhari is traveling to the UK, France, and to the European Parlaiment and Commission. He seeks increased aid in the fight against terrorism.
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