Soft targets vulnerable in renewed Boko Haram terror

by AHMED OBAFEMI 
MAIDUGURI, (CAJ News) – ATTACKS by the Boko Haram sect have left at least 120  dead since the beginning of the year.

More than 200 people have sustained serious injuries in over 20 attacks recorded during the period.

In one of the most severe attacks by the Islamic militants, at least 34 civilians lost their lives and some 90 were injured during an attack in a village in the outskirts of Maiduguri, the Borno State capital earlier this week.

Recent weeks have experienced a steady continuation of attacks on civilians in the most conflict-affected states of Adamawa, Borno and Yobe, in the northeast.

Civilians are also regularly abducted, as in the town of Dapchi inYobe, where 110 school girls were kidnapped in February.

The Boko Haram has released the majority of the girls while five reportedly died during captivity.

Yassine Gaba, the United Nations (UN) Deputy Humanitarian Coordinator in Nigeria, lamented that innocent civilians continued suffering from direct and indiscriminate attacks.

“Endless numbers of explosions, brutal killings, abductions and lootings continue to uproot the lives of women, children and men daily,” he said.

Since the start of the conflict in 2009, more than 20 000 people have been killed.

It is believed the fatalities could be as high as 100 000.

About 8 million people remain in dire need of humanitarian assistance, including food, shelter, water and health care.

Boko Haram is carrying out terror attacks, occasionally using children as “suicide bombers”, to overthrow the government and establish an Islamic state.
– CAJ News

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