Monday 26 September 2016

Boko Haram set fire to children in horrific four hour attack

Published 31/01/2016 | 13:05

People walk past burnt out houses following an attack by Boko haram in Dalori village 5 kilometers (3 miles) from Maiduguri, Nigeria , Sunday Jan. 31, 2016. A survivor hidden in a tree says he watched Boko Haram extremists firebomb huts and listened to the screams of children among people burned to death in the latest attack by Nigeria s homegrown Islamic extremists
People walk past burnt out houses following an attack by Boko haram in Dalori village 5 kilometers (3 miles) from Maiduguri, Nigeria , Sunday Jan. 31, 2016. A survivor hidden in a tree says he watched Boko Haram extremists firebomb huts and listened to the screams of children among people burned to death in the latest attack by Nigeria s homegrown Islamic extremists
Children gather around a burnt out car following an attack by Boko Haram in Dalori village 5 kilometers (3 miles) from Maiduguri, Nigeria , Sunday Jan. 31, 2016. A survivor hidden in a tree says he watched Boko Haram extremists firebomb huts and listened to the screams of children among people burned to death in the latest attack by Nigeria s homegrown Islamic extremists
A man walks past burnt out houses following an attack by Boko Haram in Dalori village 5 kilometers (3 miles) from Maiduguri, Nigeria, Sunday Jan. 31, 2016. A survivor hidden in a tree says he watched Boko Haram extremists firebomb huts and listened to the screams of children among people burned to death in the latest attack by Nigeria s homegrown Islamic extremists

Boko Haram extremists have fire-bombed huts, burning people including children to death, in the latest attack by the Nigerian group, according to a survivor.

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At least 65 people were killed during the attack by Islamist militant group near Nigeria's northeastern city of Maiduguri, a Reuters reporter said after counting bodies at a hospital morgue.

A man walks past burnt out houses following an attack by Boko Haram in Dalori village 5 kilometers (3 miles) from Maiduguri, Nigeria, Sunday Jan. 31, 2016. A survivor hidden in a tree says he watched Boko Haram extremists firebomb huts and listened to the screams of children among people burned to death in the latest attack by Nigeria s homegrown Islamic extremists
A man walks past burnt out houses following an attack by Boko Haram in Dalori village 5 kilometers (3 miles) from Maiduguri, Nigeria, Sunday Jan. 31, 2016. A survivor hidden in a tree says he watched Boko Haram extremists firebomb huts and listened to the screams of children among people burned to death in the latest attack by Nigeria s homegrown Islamic extremists

Scores of charred bodies lay on the streets following Saturday night's attack on Dalori village, three miles from Maiduguri, the birthplace of Boko Haram and the biggest city in north-east Nigeria.

The attack continued for four hours, survivor Alamin Bakura said, adding several members of his family were killed or wounded.

The violence continued as three female suicide bombers detonated their devices among people who managed to flee to neighbouring Gamori village, killing many, according to a soldier at the scene.

It was not known how many people were killed as bodies were still being collected, including from the surrounding bushes where the insurgents hunted down fleeing villagers, according to security guard Abba Shehus.

Boko Haram has taken to attacking soft targets, increasingly with suicide bombers, since the military last year drove them out of towns and villages in north-eastern Nigeria.

The six-year Islamic uprising has killed about 20,000 people and driven 2.5 million from their homes.

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