Rights group Amnesty International mentioned that around 60 people were killed by Nigeria’s deadly militant group, Boko Haram. The group carried out a deadly attack on a northeastern border town. The attack on Rann was one of the deadliest that has been conducted by the terrorist group till date during its century-long rebellion.
On Monday morning, the assailants drove through the town near the Cameroon border on motorcycles and put the houses on fire and killed people. The rights group through Twitter posts made this statement. The fighters even chased down residents who were escaping the brutal attack. The group even killed many outside the town.
Amnesty published satellite imagery where images showed hundreds of burned structures. Most of the burnt structures used to act as shelters for dislodged people who had arrived in past few months looking for protection. Currently, most of Rann is completely destroyed.
The assault came as Nigeria faces what it has called an terrorist revival, posing a serious threat for President Muhammadu Buhari as he looks forward to re-election in two weeks’ time. Buhari’s administration once asserted that Boko Haram had been destroyed completely or they have been defeated technically. The military has even faced many questions over low resolve and support.
Witnesses told the human rights group that once the soldiers had left their posts the day before the assault. However, a new report on 1ST February posted by the United Nations cited that the “recent pull out” of the Multinational Joint Task Force, a regional counterterrorism organization, after its rebels secured the town ensuing a mid-January assault.
Kellou Maloum Modu, told the UN that as the military has departed, they had no other option but to evacuate.
The mid-January assault sent at least 9,000 people escaping to Cameroon, the UN refugee agency stated, and added that it was an alarming situation as it was reported that Cameroon sent away several thousand people. Over 30,000 others escaped into Cameroon in late January, while thousands more escaped to nearby Chad.