Boko Haram militants have ravished another northeastern Nigerian village, kidnapping more women and executing at least 33 more people according to one survivor of the attack. According to him, the militant group stormed Gumsuri village and took scores of women, children, and men while leaving bloodshed behind.
The terrorist group plundered through the village on Sunday but reports are just now getting out as survivors of the attack make their way to Maiduguri, capital of the Borno state. Telecommunications towers damaged in previous attacks were down hindering communication.
In Cameroon, military officials are claiming to have killed 116 Nigerian Islamists that launched an attack against one of their bases according to the AFP. Military officials also added that their vehicles were ambushed on Wednesday. One soldier was reported killed in the ambush and one officer was unaccounted for.
Natives reported to the BBC that Boko Haram also launched an offensive on the border town Amchide Wednesday, plowing through the village on foot and in two vehicles. The market place was torched by the group, as well as 50 homes. Nigerian officials are casting blame on the Boko Haram however no militant group has come forward to claim responsibility.
According to the BBC, upwards of 2,000 lives has been claimed by militant violence in 2014. Majority of the casualties were in northeastern Nigeria along the Cameroon border. Back in April, Boko Haram kidnapped more than 200 school girls, a majority of which are still in captivity despite foreign military assistance.
The survivor of the attack on the Gumsuri village reported that he went back to his village, 43 miles south of the capital of the Borno state, and buried 33 bodies. He went from one home to the next determining who was still unaccounted for. Hausa, a local official, confirmed the survivor’s story to the BBC.
The AFP reported that a rebel group that was providing the village with protection was no match for the militants’ power. One resident exclaimed that the youth were killed and their wives and daughters were whisked away.
One local official who did not want to be named for fear of reprisal stated that petrol bombs were used to burn most of the village. He stated that men were gunned down and women and children were herded onto the back of pickup trucks.
Modu Kalli, another resident, said that the group used machine guns on the villagers. They also poured barrels of gasoline on homes and businesses before setting them ablaze.
Will Ross, BBC Nigeria correspondent, said that the latest attacks reflect the vulnerability of the border town villages. The military presence is not enough to stem the militant incursion into the villages. The Nigerian government promised a massive deployment to assert force but that had yet to be seen.
The embattled military is barely making ends meet struggling against a well equipped and vicious militant group. Numerous reports have been released that the soldiers are ill-prepared and do not have the weapons to deal with Boko Haram’s firepower. Many of the soldiers, feeling less than able to take on the militant group, refused to fight. A Nigerian court martial sentenced 54 soldiers to death Wednesday for not taking part in the military operation against the militants. They were allegedly found guilty of mutiny but refuted the charges complaining that the equipment to take on the jihadist was not at their disposal.
Boko Haram first became a force to be reckoned with back in 2009 and has since been trying to turn northeastern Nigeria into an Islamist state. Yobe, Adamawa, and Borno has seen attacks spike recently over the last18 months when it was placed under emergency rule. According to the U.S. Congress Research Service report, Boko Haram has claimed more than 5,000 lives since 2009, and with the recent kidnappings of women and children in northeastern Nigeria, bring their abduction count close to 1,000.
By Stevenson Benoit