Terrorists from Boko Haram Takfiri group have burned to death children after they firebombed huts during a raid on a village in northeastern Nigeria, a witness says.
The attack took place on Saturday night in Dalori village, which is located just 5 kilometers (3 miles) from Maiduguri, the capital and the largest city of Borno State.
A survivor told The Associated Press on condition of anonymity that he had heard the screams of children burning to death in the latest attack by Boko Haram. The man survived by staying up a tree until Nigerian army troops arrived Sunday.
Local residents and witnesses say the militants went on rampage across the village for several hours. At least three female bombers also detonated their explosives among people who were fleeing.
They noted that scores of charred corpses and bodies with bullet wounds still litter streets of the volatile region.
Some Dalori residents said at least 50 people were killed in the attack which happened after evening prayers, but army spokesman Colonel Mustapha Anka only said in a statement that “lives were lost while some people sustained injuries.”
Borno is one of three Nigerian states hardest hit by the Takfiri Boko Haram terrorists. Yobe and Adamawa are the other two states.
Also on Friday, ten people were killed and over two dozen people were injured in a bomb attack at a market in the town of Gombi, Nigeria’s restive northeastern region.
The casualties came after a young boy of about 12 years of age blew up his explosives at the crowded grain market of the town, north of the city of Yola, the capital of Adamawa State.
President Muhammadu Buhari, who promised to put an end to the militancy, said last month that Boko Haram had been “technically” defeated. The militants, however, continue to carry out assaults across the region.
According to an AFP tally, Boko Haram terrorists have killed more than 1,650 people since the inauguration of Nigerian President Buhari in May 2015.
Boko Haram has also spread its attacks from northeastern Nigeria, its traditional stronghold, into neighboring Chad, Niger and Cameroon.
Also on Sunday in the Lake Chad region, at least three people were killed and dozens wounded in two bomb attacks.
In the first attack, a bomber on a motorcycle blew himself up, killing one person and injuring 32 while the second one left two dead and 24 wounded.
Some 20,000 people have been killed and more than 2.5 million others displaced by the Boko Haram militancy across Nigeria Since 2009.
Boko Haram has recently pledged allegiance to the Takfiri Daesh terrorist group, which is primarily operating in Syria and Iraq.
Source: Press TV