Scores Dead, Children Burned Alive in Boko Haram Attack

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Nigeria (Voice of the Persecuted) — Last night while praying with a Nigerian Catholic priest on the January Prayer Conference Call Event, he informed us an explosion took place near the city. We learned the Boko Haram had launched a massive attack, that explosions and an intense gunbattle was taking place, people were fleeing for their lives and many were feared dead and injured. The military fought the insurgents in the villages of Dalori and Wanori.

According to survivors and soldiers, scores of charred corpses and bodies with bullet wounds littered the streets from Saturday, last night’s attack on Dalori village just 5 kilometers (3 miles) from Maiduguri, the birthplace of Boko Haram and the biggest city in the northeast.  One survivor who hid in a tree said he watched Boko Haram extremists firebomb huts and heard the screams of children among people burned to death in the latest attack by Nigeria’s homegrown Islamic extremists. As he wept on a telephone call to The Associated Press, another survivor said the shooting and burning continued for four hours and several of his family members were killed or wounded. The AP report claims a soldier at the scene said three female suicide bombers blew up among people who were fleeing to neighboring Gamori village, killing many people. The soldier insisted on anonymity because he is not authorized to speak to journalists.

It was not known how many people were killed because bodies still were being collected. including from the surrounding bushes where the insurgents hunted down fleeing villagers, according to Abba Shehu, a security guard helping collect corpses.

A civilian Joint Task Force said about 100 people were killed and many were missing.

Sahara Reporters shared a photos of the destruction and reported,

 The militants who operated unchallenged were said to have stormed the town in 10  Hilux vans and motorcycles dressed in army uniforms as they took their time to raze down houses in Dalori village also livestock were burnt after they had looted and carted away foodstuffs. Several civilians were burnt beyond recognition.

A resident of the village, Mallam Buka Dalori told our correspondent that ”we were helpless, could you believe that there was no military presence in Dalori, the government didn’t provide security to protect us. I lost 11 people, and 5 of children are nowhere to be found. ”

Another resident Ibrahim Muhammad said that Boko Haram fighters dressed like military personnel and started opening fire on everybody, “all our wives and children were brutally killed while they looted and destroyed our livestock  [as well].”

Their correspondent later visited Dalori village and saw that the village was completely razed down and every home seen people wailing also several people burnt including children. See report and photos

On Friday, January 29, a suicide bomber suspected to be a member of the Boko Haram sect detonated a suicide vest at a crowded market in Gombi town in Adamawa state.

A vigilante leader confirmed ‎the incident saying that 20 people including the bomber died in the explosion.

Boko Haram has taken to attacking soft targets, increasingly with suicide bombers. The murderous Islamic uprising has been ongoing since 2009 and drove 2.5 million from their homes.

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