By World News Report Bureau
Hundreds of dead bodies of men, women and children brutally murdered by Boko Haram insurgents have been found in the northeast town of Damasak, in the state of Borno located at the confluence of Yobe and Komadugu Gana rivers in northeastern.
Local hunters known as Vigilantes armed with locally made guns are seen on a pick up truck in Yola city of Adamawa State in Nigeria before they move to border region between Nigeria and Cameroon to support Nigerian army fighting with Boko Haram militants Photo Credit: Anadolu Ajansi
The 200-300 bodies of Boko Haram victims were found scattered all over in homes, streets and in the Damasak River. A large number of bodies with their throats slit, decapitated or shot were found half-buried in a mass grave under a bridge just outside Damasak. The sand from the encroaching desert had almost covered the make-shift graves.
Damasak town, used to be an important Boko Haram stronghold till in November last when it was liberated in a joint military operation by Nigerian-Chadian forces. Some 200 rebels and 10 soldiers were killed in the attack.
Some 1.5 million people from Damask town have fled their homes in the last around six years of insurgency.
The military coalition of Nigeria, Chad, Niger and Cameroon is keen to regain and rebuild some of the towns to make it possible for the displaced people to return home.
Founded in 2002, Boko Haram which literally means “Western education is forbidden” in Hausa language started as a movement against Western-style education.
The outgoing Nigerian President Goodluck Jonathan reportedly said in an interview that he underestimated Boko Haram Islamists who have seized vast amounts of territory and entrenched themselves to fight the most brutal insurgency in Africa.
Meanwhile Nigerian incumbent President Muhammadu Buhari called Boko Haram a “fraud” that had nothing to do with religion and was misusing the Islamic values it claims to represent.