Nigerian senator warns of Boko Haram raids in northeast

Nigerian Senator Emmanuel Bwacha warns Boko Haram reorganising and plans to carry out attacks in northeastern Nigeria

Photo by: Reuters
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A boy looks through a broken window at a local Islamic school in Zaria, Kaduna state, Nigeria, February 2, 2016.

Boko Haram militants are reorganising in northeast Nigeria’s Taraba state where almost 2,000 people have been killed since December 2015, a Nigerian senator said on Wednesday.

"There is a change of tactics by these insurgents who now parade as herdsmen to make it more difficult for the unsuspecting public to identify them," the senator of Taraba state, Emmanuel Bwacha said. 

"We are worried that these attackers are masquerading themselves as Fulani herdsmen who have killed over 2,000 since December 2015," he added.

Despite the fact that the northeastern region has been faced with a wave of bloody attacks since 2009, the militant group has been relatively pushed back.

Bwacha also urged the Nigerian army to focus on a new strategy in fighting against Boko Haram to regain control in the region.

Boko Haram was formed in Nigeria, Africa’s most populous country, in 2009.

In the past six years some 17,000 people have been killed by Boko Haram, making it the world’s deadliest militant group. The group also caused around 2 million people to flee the area.

The militant group swore allegiance to the DAESH terrorist group in 2014.

TRTWorld and agencies