Abuja: In April, nearly 384 people were killed in attacks launched by terrorist and extremist groups in Nigeria. International organisations say the death toll from the Boko Haram attacks is comparatively large. Meanwhile, eight people were killed in a terrorist attack on an army base in Nigeria’s Borno state on Sunday.
According to the Nigerian military, Boko Haram militants attacked the Ajiri town near Maiduguri, the capital of Borno state, on Sunday morning. Clashes lasted for two hours for control of the military base. The Nigerian army had to flee after the terrorists took control of the military base in the conflict. A few hours before that, the militants also attacked a base at Rann, located 172 km from Maiduguri. However, the Nigerian military explained that the terrorists had fled the region after the military operation.
Over the past few weeks, like Boko Haram, the ethnic Fulani, which carries out looting in the region, has intensified attacks in Nigeria. According to information released by an international organisation observing developments in Nigeria, 173 people were killed in Fulani attacks in April. Also, 200 civilians were killed in attacks carried out by Boko Haram, while attacks launched by the Indigenous People of Biafra claimed the lives of eight people.
The states of Borno and Ebonyi in Nigeria have recorded the highest number of deaths. There have also been intermittent attacks in southeastern and southern parts of Nigeria. Besides, cases of terrorist and extremist gangs kidnapping students in Nigeria have also increased. In April alone, the Fulani herders had abducted 125 people, and the incident had shaken Nigeria. In the next few days, the 125 kidnapped were rescued successfully.
For the past decade, IS-linked terrorist group Boko Haram has wreaked havoc in Nigeria, an African country rich in energy and minerals. The terrorist attacks over the past decade have claimed the lives of more than 36,000 Nigerians, while over 3 million have been displaced. The Human Rights Commission of United Nations reported the millions displaced by the Boko Haram attacks had sought refuge in the border areas of Niger and Chad.