The Nigerian Army has recently issued a statement saying that it has started an investigation regarding a recent attack that left as much as 86 people dead. The said attack was believed to have been carried out by Boko Haram terrorists. A witness recalled hearing the screams of children being burned alive.
On January 30, Boko Haram had reportedly attacked the village of Dalori, which is located near the city of Maiduguri in northeast Nigeria. Three suicide bombers had detonated explosives in the village while militants went around setting fire to various huts. Children who were still inside their homes were burned to death during the attack. According to a report from Newsweek, soldiers who initially responded to the scene could not fight off the militants effectively and that it was only hours later when the Nigerian military arrived that the attackers were driven away.
One survivor who had spoken with The Associated Press said he hid in a tree to survive the deadly attack. But he will always recall the terror of the night beacuse he can hear the screaming from children as they were being burned to death. The day after the attack, survivors told journalists that the rescue team had taken too long to respond. Now all residents feared that other more violent attacks can happen in the next days.
According to the Acting Director for Nigerian Army Public Relations Colonel Sani Kukasheka Usman, a standing Special Court Martial has already been set up in North East for the ongoing investigation alone. Furthermore, Usman says, “All cases of indiscipline and related acts of misconduct including human rights abuse in the operations will be tried by this Special Court Martial.”
Earlier on, Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari had declared that Boko Haram has already been “technically” defeated. During a recent interview with The Telegraph, the Nigerian president has also said that Boko Haram has also now lost control for the 14 local government districts that it used to call its caliphate. Furthermore, President Buhari says the group has now “resorted to attacking soft targets,” including market places, churches and mosques. The president has also received reports that Boko Haram leader Abubakr Shekau has also been “removed and replaced by a less charismatic terrorist leader.”
The Nigerian Army has been actively pursuing Boko Haram recently. Last month, it engaged the said insurgents in various parts of the country. Moreover, the army also said that it managed to intercept 2 suicide bombers who were trying to infiltrate Maiduguri. The said bombers ended up detonating their bombs, but there was no other casualty during the incident.