Despite government efforts to squelch Boko Haram, the terrorist group continues to wreak
havoc on Northeast Nigeria.
Last Tuesday, during a particularly busy time at Sabon Gari market, a deadly explosion rang
out. The blast occurred around 1:30 PM local time and witnesses reported that the devastation
was apparent immediately. According to Nigerian military sources, the death toll hovers around
50 and over 40 people were seriously injured.
“So far, 52 people are injured, 47 dead persons have been removed from the market,”
explained Umar Kidda, a member of a civilian vigilante group, in an interview with Reuters.
A mere two days after the Sabon Gari explosion, inhabitants of the remote village of
Kukuwa-Gari found themselves under siege. Boko Haram militants descended upon the small
community on motorcycles and cars, opening fire on every villager they passed.
“They opened fire instantly, which forced residents to flee. They shot a number of people.
Unfortunately, many residents who tried to flee plunged into the river which is full from the rain.
Many drowned,” Modu Balumi, a village resident, said in an interview earlier this week. Balumi
went on to add: “By our latest toll we have 150 people either shot dead or drowned in the attack.
The gunmen deliberately killed a fisherman who tried to save drowning residents of the village,”
To make matters worse, news of the attack was severely delayed due to Boko Haram’s
intentional destruction of telecommunication poles surrounding the village.
Despite vowing to quell the violence committed by Boko Haram as part of his campaign
platform, newly elected President Muhammadu Buhari’s anti-terrorism efforts have been largely
ineffective. In fact, since Buhari took office on May 29, more than 900 Nigerians have lost their
lives in Boko Haram-led raids and bombings.
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