NORTHEAST NIGERIA (BP) — Boko Haram has revived its hit-and-run raids on villages, killing at least eight people, kidnapping and displacing others and burning homes in northeastern Nigeria and southeastern Niger villages Nov. 28-29, according to news reports.
The raids are the type of attacks Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari has said he would be able to stop by the end of December, aided by a regional army of 8,700 soldiers. At the same time, Boko Haram has continued almost daily suicide attacks.
While Buhari is having more success against Boko Haram than previous Nigerian administrations, he has simply been unable to defeat the strong militants, said Ann Buwalda, executive director of the Jubilee Campaign for religious freedom and human rights.
“Is there progress? Yes. But is Boko Haram actually curtailed? I would say no, that this government is doing what it can, but still is not able to fully capture or apprehend or destroy Boko Haram’s strongholds in the northeast of Nigeria,” Buwalda said.
In the attacks Boko Haram shot civilians indiscriminately, slit the throats of others, threw explosives into homes, and kidnapped some of the women and children, fleeing in vehicles they stole onsite, witnesses told AFP.
“They continue their efforts to terrorize the local population in the northeast,” Buwalda said. “But I don’t see that Boko Haram is at this very moment gaining territory. That’s not what I’ve observed in terms of their levels of attack.”
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