News / Africa

Hundreds Killed in Suspected Boko Haram Attacks in Nigeria

VOA News
Gunmen believed to be Boko Haram militants have shot dead dozens of people in a northeastern Nigerian village -- the fourth such massacre reported this week.

A local source tells VOA Hausa Service that men wearing military uniforms entered the Borno State village of Bardari and asked people to come listen to a preacher.  The source says when the villagers gathered, the men opened fire.

Suspected militants using similar tactics attacked three other villages Monday and Tuesday in the nearby Gwoza district.  Witnesses and officials say the militants killed hundreds of people in those attacks and burned down many homes and businesses.

More attacks were reported Thursday in two towns of neighboring Adamawa state -- Madagali and wa Kubla.  

The Nigerian government has struggled to contain Boko Haram despite a state of emergency in the northeast and deployment of thousands of troops to the area.

A Nigerian senator representing a southern Borno district says the militants have taken control of several localities and hoisted flags over the towns.

On Wednesday, Nigerian officials denied a report that 15 officers, including 10 generals, have been court martialed for cooperating with Boko Haram.

Military spokesman Major-General Chris Olukolade and government communications official Mike Omeri both told VOA that the report is "not true."  

Earlier, the Leadership newspaper reported the military officers were found guilty of giving information and ammunition to Boko Haram, which has said it wants to establish a strict Islamist state in northern Nigeria.

Omeri told VOA English to Africa the Nigerian government has launched a nationwide campaign designed to empower and engage citizens about the government's efforts to fight Boko Haram.

"It is counterterrorism awareness campaign material translated into various languages and distributed in neighborhoods, in the media and so forth and so on. It provides useful tips and other telephone contacts," he said.

The militants have killed thousands of people over the past five years in attacks on schools, churches, mosques, bus stations, and other public places.   Boko Haram is also holding more than 200 schoolgirls it kidnapped from the town of Chibok in mid-April.

You May Like

Could Nemtsov Threaten Putin in Death as in Life?

Dynamic and debonair opposition leader had supported liberal economic reforms, criticized Russian president's aggression in Ukraine More

Oil Smuggling Highlights Challenges in Shutting Down IS Finances

Pentagon spokesman says Islamic State 'certainly continues to get revenue from the oil industry black market' but that airstrikes have made a dent More

India Focuses on Infrastructure, Investment to Propel Economy

Government expects economy to grow at 8 to 8.5 percent in next fiscal year More

This forum has been closed.
Comment Sorting
Comments
     
by: ukpo u from: Usa
June 06, 2014 2:19 AM
Ibrahim Babangida is still alive . He introduced religion into Nigeria politics . When Buhari and Idiagbon(both moslems) were there Nigeria didn't raise any religious basis . When Babangida came he committed Nigeria into Organization Of Islamic States. Remember Zangon Kataf and Zamani Lekwot? Babangida spearheaded religious crisis for his own political gains, where was the north?,nobody said a thing, nobody saw anything coming! Here we are in 2014. The Boko Haram leader may be Babangida's guest . Looking for Abubakar Shekau should begin from Babangida's house in Minna.

by: Godwin from: Nigeria
June 05, 2014 11:33 AM
Let them continue to deny the known truth while boko haram continues to shame them. If the officials were not court martialed, did they do it or not? Have there been officers and men implicated in complicity with boko haram, aiding, abetting or sympathizing with the militant group? Where does propaganda leave Nigeria at this point in time? While the military and security apparatus are propagandizing, boko haram is making gain on territories to the extent of hoisting up flags. What a shame! Propaganda does not win a war, it is strategy that wins a war. Surely this is the set up out there to eliminate Christianity in the areas the muslims want for themselves, and the officers know this. With the make of those states, it cannot be otherwise. Please Jonathan, declare a total state of emergency in those three states. It is likely to mean carving out a territory for boko haram - for then we may begin to hear about defection of officers - but it will be easier to fight a war which has boundary demarcation than the present setup of guerrilla warfare.

by: Abdulwahab umar from: Borno
June 05, 2014 11:18 AM
the 15 military officers caught guilty of piece protrution in my noble country Nigeria,for they Should be resoracted befor the public as it was done to Sadam al-hussain of Iraq,that is the Only way to please our mind..

Featured Videos

Your JavaScript is turned off or you have an old version of Adobe's Flash Player. Get the latest Flash player.
US Supreme Court Hears Hijab Discrimination Casei
X
Katherine Gypson
February 25, 2015 11:30 PM
The U.S. Supreme Court has heard opening arguments in a workplace religious discrimination case that examines whether a clothing store can refuse to hire a young woman for wearing the headscarf she says is a symbol of her Muslim faith. Katherine Gypson reports from the Supreme Court.
Video

Video US Supreme Court Hears Hijab Discrimination Case

The U.S. Supreme Court has heard opening arguments in a workplace religious discrimination case that examines whether a clothing store can refuse to hire a young woman for wearing the headscarf she says is a symbol of her Muslim faith. Katherine Gypson reports from the Supreme Court.
Video

Video Falling Gas Prices Hurt Nascent Illinois Hydraulic Fracturing Industry

Falling oil prices are helping consumers purchase cheaper petroleum at the pump. But that’s made hydraulic fracturing or “fracking” less economically viable for the companies in the United States invested in the process. VOA’s Kane Farabaugh reports on one Midwestern town that was hoping to change its fortunes by cashing in on the next big U.S. oil boom.
Video

Video Fighting in Sudan's South Kordofan Fuels Mass Displacement

Heavy fighting in Sudan's South Kordofan state is causing hundreds of thousands to flee into uncertain conditions. Local aid organizations estimate as many as 400,000 civilians have been internally displaced since the conflict began more than three years ago, while another 250,000 have fled across the border to refugee camps in South Sudan. VOA's Adam Bailes reports.
Video

Video Lao Dam Project Runs Into Opposition

A Lao dam project on a section of the Mekong River is drawing opposition from local fishermen, international environmental groups and neighboring countries. VOA's Say Mony visited the region to investigate the concerns. Colin Lovett narrates.
Video

Video A Filmmaker Discovers Her Biracial Identity in "Little White Lie

Lacey Schwartz grew up in an upper middle-class Jewish family, in a town in upstate New York where almost everyone she knew was white. She assumed that she was, as well. Her recent documentary, Little White Lie, tells the story of how she uncovered the secret of her true racial background. VOA’s Carolyn Weaver has more on the film.
Video

Video Deep Under Antarctic Ice Sheet, Life!

With the end of summer in the Southern hemisphere, the Antarctic research season is over. Scientists from Northern Illinois University are back in their laboratory after a 3-month expedition on the Ross Ice Shelf, the world’s largest floating ice sheet. As VOA’s Rosanne Skirble reports, they hope to find clues to explain the dynamics of the rapidly melting ice and its impact on sea level rise.
Video

Video US-Cuba Normalization Talks Resume Friday

Negotiations aimed at normalizing diplomatic relations between the U.S. and Cuba resume Friday. On the table: lifting a half-century trade embargo and easing banking and travel restrictions. There's opposition in Congress, but some analysts say there may be sufficient political and economic incentives in both nations for a potential breakthrough this year. VOA's Mil Arcega reports.
Video

Video Pakistan's Deadline For SIM Registration Has Cellphone Users Scrambling

Pakistani cell phone users have until midnight Thursday to register their SIM cards, or their service will be cut off. While some privacy experts worry about government intrusion, many Pakistanis are just worried about keeping their phone lines open. VOA Deewa reporter Arshad Muhmand has more from Peshawar.
Video

Video Myanmar Warns Factory Workers to End Strikes

Outside Myanmar's main city Yangon, thousands of workers walked off their jobs earlier this month demanding a doubling of their wages, pay raises after a year and input from labor unions on industrial regulations. Since Friday, the standoff has grown more tense as police moved in to disrupt the sit-ins, resulting in clashes that injured people from both sides. VOA correspondent Steve Herman visited industrial zones which have become a focus of Myanmar's fledgling workers rights movement.
Video

Video Oscar Winners Do More Than Thank the Academy

The Academy Awards presentation is Hollywood’s night to reward the best movies from the previous year. It’s typically a lot of glitter, a lot of thank you’s, a lot of speeches. But many of this year’s speeches carried messages beyond the thank you's. VOA’s Carolyn Presutti takes a look.

All About America

Circumventing Censorship

An Internet Primer for Healthy Web Habits

As surveillance and censoring technologies advance, so, too, do new tools for your computer or mobile device that help protect your privacy and break through Internet censorship.
More