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Boko Haram Kills At Least 56 In Attack On North-East Village

Contributed by on September 5, 2015 at 9:18 pm

Suspected Boko Haram gunmen on horseback shot dead almost 80 people in separate attacks on three villages in Nigeria’s restive northeast at the weekend, a vigilante and residents said Monday. The attack was only reported after the arrest over the weekend in Lagos, economic capital of southern Nigeria, of 12 suspected Boko Haram militants.

The Department of State Services (DSS) which has been busy fighting the terrorist group for months spoke briefly about the latest arrest.

National security spokesman Mike Omeri said the arrests show Boko Haram is trying to carry out attacks far from its stronghold in the country’s northeast.

“They include those allegedly responsible for the coordination and execution of the suicide attacks in Potiskum, Kano, Zaria and Jos who were arrested on July 8 in Gombe State”, the statement said.

The DSS reiterated its avowed determination to work with other stakeholders in the fight against terror and other forms of criminality in our country.

Providing an unusual level of detail, the DSS said one of those arrested, Usman Shuaibu, had confessed to leading a team of nine militants which planned several attacks.

“‘The announcement from the secret police, known as the DSS, came just a day after another statement told us a teenager had been picked up inside Abuja airport where he was gathering intelligence for Boko Haram – another disturbing bit of news”.

Boko Haram, which seeks to establish a breakaway state in its area of influence, has killed around 15,000 people and displaced 1.5 million since 2009. In July a 10-year-old girl was used by the group in a suicide bombing that led to the deaths of 16 people.

It is one of many attacks, kidnappings, raids and other acts of indiscriminate violence that continue on a frequent basis in Nigeria, Chad, Niger, and Cameroon.

In one attack, suicide bombers on motorcycles attacked two buildings in the capital.

“I have raised an emergency committee to hurriedly travel to the village tomorrow (Sunday) to provide relief assistance so that the survived ones do not perish along with the dead bodies in Badu village of Nganzai Council”.

Suspected members of Boko Haram sit in court in N'Djamena Nigeria Aug. 26 2015