Boko Haram, the Nigerian Islamist terror group with ties to al Qaeda, continues to indiscriminately target villages in the northeast part of the country. Today, the Islamist group targeted three villages in the state of Adamawa, which borders the country of Cameroon. From Vanguard/AFP:
The chairman of the Madagali local government area in Adamawa, Maina Ularamu, said “a large number of militants carried out three separate attacks on Shuwa and Kirchinga in my local government area and on Michika in neighbouring Michika (district)”.
“The gunmen divided themselves into three groups and separately attacked the three locations,” he told AFP.
In Shuwa, several buildings were burnt, including a Christian theological college and a section of a secondary school.
A local resident, Kwaje Bitrus, said three bodies were recovered from the seminary and a total of 20 were killed in and around the village.
In Kirchinga, Samuel Garba said the gunmen were all dressed in military uniform — a tactic frequently employed by the militant fighters in previous, similar attacks.
“The gunmen… killed eight people in our village and burnt many houses,” he added.
“Four people have so far been confirmed dead in Michika,” said Abdul Kassim, who lives in the village.
Boko Haram has been tearing through the northeastern provinces of Borno, Yobe, and Adamawa over the past month. Hundreds of fighters have been massing to attack villages, towns, and military units in the region.
Today’s attack took place just two days after Boko Haram fighters attacked a co-ed college in the town of Buni Yadi in Yobe state. The jihadists set fire to hostels and dorms at the college, and then brutally murdered those who attempted to escape. Forty-three people are reported to have been killed.
For more on Boko Haram’s recent rampage and the government’s response, see Threat Matrix report, Boko Haram butchers students in attack on Nigerian college.