Boko Haram blamed for deadly attack on Nigeria village

  • 31 January 2016
  • From the section Africa
Scene following attack by Boko Haram in Dalori village, Nigeria. 31 Jan 2016 Image copyright AP
Image caption Much of Dalori was destroyed in the attack

At least 50 people are reported to have been killed in north-eastern Nigeria in a gun and bomb attack by suspected Boko Haram militants.

Pictures from the village of Dalori show burned-out buildings and charred livestock.

Fires from the burning village could be seen in the the city of Maiduguri, nearly 10km (six miles) away.

One witness reported hearing the screams of children as huts were set on fire.

Other survivors say the shooting on Saturday evening continued for hours and left barely any parts of the village untouched.

Residents said at least 50 people were killed, although a Reuters reporter counted 65 bodies at a hospital morgue.

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Image caption The militants used guns and explosives in the attack
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Image caption Boko Haram's insurgency has mostly centred on north-eastern Nigeria

Witnesses said the attackers arrived on motorbikes and in lorries and were wearing military uniforms, Nigerian media reported.

Survivor Alamin Bakura told the Associated Press that he hid in a tree as the attackers struck on Saturday evening.

He said he saw militants firebomb huts and heard the screams of children as people were burned to death. He said several members of his family were among those killed or wounded.

Boko Haram has also been blamed for deadly bomb attacks in neighbouring Chad on Sunday.

At least three people were killed and dozens wounded when two suicide bombers struck two locations near Lake Chad, officials said.

Boko Haram's Islamist insurgency has claimed thousands of lives and displaced more than two million people over the past six years.

Recent attacks have involved suicide bombers targeting civilians in Nigeria's north-east and across the border in northern Cameroon.

Cameroon is part of a regional coalition fighting the group, along with Nigeria, Niger, Chad and Benin.

Boko Haram at a glance:

Image copyright Boko Haram video
Image caption Boko Haram has sworn allegiance to Islamic State and often displays its trademark black flag
  • Founded in 2002, initially focused on opposing Western-style education - Boko Haram means "Western education is forbidden" in the Hausa language
  • Launched military operations in 2009
  • Thousands killed, mostly in north-eastern Nigeria, hundreds abducted, including at least 200 schoolgirls
  • Joined so-called Islamic State, now calls itself IS's "West African province"
  • Seized large area in north-east, where it declared caliphate
  • Regional force has retaken most territory this year

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