Nigerian army officials allege to have hunted down, and subsequently killed, 50 members of the extremist group, Boko Haram. This comes in the wake of a spate of village raids and murders, supposedly orchestrated by the Islamic terror group.
According to NBC News, army spokesperson, Sagir Musa, informed attending journalists of the developments, whilst in Maiduguri, the capital of Nigeria’s Borno State:
“Troops pursued the terrorists to their camps and with air support about 50 terrorists were killed in a shoot-out.”
Musa then went on to confirm that a number of innocent villagers had been rescued from the “fangs of the insurgents,” before discussing the Nigerian army’s resolve to mop up the fleeing terrorists.
Boko Haram is an extremist group, yearning to institute Islamic law throughout northern Nigeria. The group is pervasive, highly motivated and extremely dangerous.
Only last month, over 160 people had been slaughtered by Boko Haram, prompting additional support units to be drafted in to secure the troubled region. Alongside these official countermeasures, vigilante groups have also been initiated to fight back against the perceived terror threat.
Meanwhile, attempts to bargain with the hostile group seem unlikely, as Boko Haram has no official leadership or structure. Many fear that the attacks could escalate and spread to neighboring regions.
By: James Fenner