B/Haram: Turkey Bewail Christmas Eve Attack In Nigeria

Richard Ginika Izuora

Turkey has expressed discontentment over the recent terrorist attack perpetrated by Boko Haram jihadists on Christmas Eve in Nigeria.

The attack occurred on December 24 in the village of Pemi, Borno State.

According to reports about 11 people were killed in the attack, while a priest and others were abducted.

Turkey, while reacting to the incident expressed sadness over the development. This was disclosed in a statement released by the Turkish Foreign Ministry on Saturday.

“We are deeply saddened by the news that at least seven people lost their lives in a terrorist attack organized by the terrorist organization Boko Haram.’’

Further, Turkey condoled with the Nigerian government and people on the dastardly attack.

‘‘We extend our sincere condolences to the families of those who lost their lives; friendly and brotherly people and Government of Nigeria and wish a speedy recovery to the injured.”

Boko Haram has waged an insurgency that has spanned over a decade against the Nigerian government. The crisis has resulted in the death of over 30,000 people while nearly three million have also been displaced. In 2016, the Boko Haram insurgency took on a more deadly turn, with the emergence of a splinter group – ISWAP. ISWAP which stands for Islamic State in West Africa claims allegiance to ISIS.

Oriental News Nigeria, reports that Boko Haram, on Saturday, December 26, reportedly attacked four villages in the southern part of Borno State as residents fled their homes.

Eyewitnesses revealed that the Boko Haram insurgents rode in at least 10 Toyota Hilux vans; and they were first seen around Mandara Dirau at about 1 pm.

The insurgents were said to have proceeded unchallenged through parts of villages identified as Debiro; Tashan Alade; Tirgitu; and Shaffa town; shooting sporadically, looting food items, and setting houses ablaze.

Villages attacked are situated within Hawul and Shaffa Local Government Areas of the state.

Terrified villagers were said to have hidden in nearby mountains; except for the old and the sick that were feared to be stuck in the mayhem.

For fear of attacks, farmers in remote villages resorted to storing their harvested food in rented stores at the local government headquarters of Biu Local Government.

Reports indicates that despite distress calls to the military, the Boko Haram terrorists were not repelled.

The insurgents have been launching attacks since Thursday where a Chibok village was ransacked during a Christmas Eve carol night.

A similar attack was also launched in Garkida, an Adamawa town bordering southern Borno.

Today’s attack is the third in three days, with no word from the military.

Boko Haram and a splinter group known as the Islamic State of West Africa Province (ISWAP) have launched a series of attacks in Nigeria for more than a decade now.

More than 30,000 people have been killed and nearly 3 million displaced in a decade of Boko Haram violence in Nigeria, according to the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs.

According to the UN Refugee Agency, violence by Boko Haram has affected 26 million people in the Lake Chad region and displaced 2.6 million others.


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