Boko Haram Attacks Nigerian Villages, Murders 12 People

Boko Haram militants have attacked both a village and border town in Nigeria’s Borno state, resulting in several casualties. On July 14, at around 4:30 AM local time, the...

Boko Haram militants have attacked both a village and border town in Nigeria’s Borno state,

resulting in several casualties.

On July 14, at around 4:30 AM local time, the insurgents struck Damasak, which lies mere

kilometers from the border of neighboring Niger. In recent months, Nigeria has been working to

recapture territory taken by Boko Haram with the help of a task force involving troops from

Chad, Niger, and Cameroon. Damasak had been liberated from Boko Haram by Chadian and

Nigerien back in March, but militants have seized the city several times since. Tuesday’s attack

was substantial, resulting in the deaths of an estimated 12 people.

“They came in Hilux vehicles (pickup trucks) and motorcycles, set fire to all the houses but

all the residents have fled the town since last weekend when troops from the Multi-National

Joint Task Force (MNJTF) were withdrawing to Niger,” recounted a Nigerian vigilante leader

who asked to remain anonymous. He also explained that many of the civilians vacated the area

when the soldiers left because Boko Haram often chooses to strike when a territory doesn’t

have significant military protection.

According to a Chadian security official, the damage done in Tuesday’s attack is still being

assessed. While the devastation is obvious, investigation into the details of the assault are still

underway. “They burned houses and killed people but we don’t have figures. We withdrew from

Damasak a few days ago but the Nigerian army never came to occupy the town. The Chadian

troops are now in Diffa in Niger,” he said.

For the past 6 years, Boko Haram has been engaged in an effort to seize territory in

Nigeria’s northeast to be ruled under strict Sharia law. In March, Boko Haram aligned itself with

the Islamic State, which has claimed land in Syria and Iran as its domain. While Nigeria –– with

the help of its regional task force –– managed to recapture much of the territory Boko Haram

had gained, terrorist attacks by the jihadist group have spiked since May.

Since rising to power in late May, President Muhammadu Buhari has focused heavily on

pacifying tensions and restoring Nigeria’s position as the leader in this ongoing battle.

Sources

Yahoo News: Boko Haram raid villages in Nigeria’s Borno state, killing 12

Reuters: Boko Haram raids Damasak, another village in Nigeria’s Borno state

Image Courtesy of AK Rockefeller, via Wikimedia Commons
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