Witnesses: Boko Haram militants slaughter hundreds

Hundreds Killed in Latest Boko Haram Attack

The Washington Post reports that villagers knew an attack was coming, and begged the government to send help

by The Washington Post, June 05, 2014

Witnesses: Boko Haram militants slaughter hundreds

Witnesses: Boko Haram militants slaughter hundreds

Hundreds killed in latest Boko Haram attack.

Boko Haram militants dressed as soldiers slaughtered at least 200 civilians in three villages in northeastern Nigeria and the military failed to intervene even though it was warned that an attack was imminent, witnesses said on Thursday. A community leader who witnessed the killings on Monday said residents of the Gwoza local government district in Borno state had pleaded for the military to send soldiers to protect the area after they heard that militants were about to attack, but help didn’t arrive.

The killings occurred in Danjara, Agapalwa, and Antagara. “We all thought they were the soldiers that we earlier reported to that the insurgents might attack us,” said a community leader who escaped the massacre and fled to Maiduguri, Borno state capital.

The militants arrived in Toyota Hilux pickup trucks — commonly used by the military — and told the civilians they were soldiers “and we are here to protect you all,” the same tactic used by the group when they kidnapped more than 300 girls from a school in the town of Chibok on April 15.

After people gathered in the center on the orders of the militants, “they begin to shout ‘Allahu Akbar, Allahu Akbar’ on top of their voices, then they begin to fire at the people continuously for a very long time until all that gathered were all dead,” said the witness who didn’t want to be named for fear for his safety.

Read it at The Washington Post.



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