Boko Haram kills 42 in Nigerian villages

42 killed by Boko Haram in two separate villages in Nigeria’s Borno state, with armed group rampaging through homes and shops

Photo by: Reuters
Photo by: Reuters

Updated Jul 28, 2015

At least 42 people were shot dead by Boko Haram in two separate attacks in in the remote villages of Debiro Hawul and Debiro Biu of Nigeria’s northeastern Borno state on Monday and Tuesday.

Nearly 250 people have been killed in Nigeria since Muhammadu Buhari became president on May 29 vowing to crush the militant uprising that has claimed at least 15,000 lives since 2009, mostly during the rule of former President Goodluck Jonathan.

Thirty Boko Haram militants stormed Debiro Biu on Monday and Debiro Hawul on Tuesday. Reports of the attack took time to circulate due to the remoteness of the villages.

“We received reports of attacks by suspected Boko Haram gunmen on the two villages, in which 42 deaths were recorded,” one police officer told AFP from the town of Biu.

“They came around 12:30 am and opened fire on the village, which sent people scampering into the bush to escape the attack,” said Umaru Markus, a local who fled Debiro Hawul.

“The gunmen slaughtered 22 people who were not fast enough in fleeing and went about looting homes, grains silos and drug stores.”

Earlier on Tuesday more than 20 people were killed and at least 50 wounded in the northeastern city of Maiduguri in a suicide bombing executed by two disguised young women in a fish market.

One of the women exploded a vest in a bus station near the fish market while in disguise in the Baga Road area of the city. This area has been repeatedly targeted recently by shelling, bombs and suicide attacks. The attack is likely to be blamed on Boko Haram, but the group did not comment following the attack.  

And in the weekly market in Wagir in the Gujba district, south of the Yobe State capital of Damaturu in northeast Nigeria, a very young female bomber - thought to be about 12 years old - killed at least 10 people in a suicide attack in a market.

"It was a suicide attack by a girl of around 12 years old," Hussaini Aisami - whose relative was among at least 30 people injured by the blast - told AFP news agency.

Newly appointed Nigerian Leader Muhammadu Buhari will meet regional counterparts to come up with a timed plan to face the Boko Haram insurgency that has long affected his country and its neighbours nations.

Boko Haram - which has announced its allegiance to ISIS - occupied an area the size of Belgium in Nigeria last year.

Nigeria’s former president Goodluck Jonathan was accused of dithering and incompetence in containing the armed insurgency, particularly after the kidnapping of more than 200 girls from a school in the town of Chibok in April last year.

TRTWorld and agencies