The Boko Haram attack on Dalori Village, which killed scores of people, was carried out using multiple methods, the Nigerian military has said.
In its first reaction since the attack that occurred on Saturday night, the military quoted witnesses as saying the “insurgents came in two Golf cars, motorcycles, started opening fire and burning houses.”
Apart from the direct invasion, the insurgents also used three suicide bombers to attack residents as they tried to flee, the military said in its statement on Sunday afternoon.
PREMIUM TIMES had reported the attack which lasted about four hours; with scores, residents say as many as 100 people, killed.
Officials at the Maiduguri Specialists Hospital said 35 corpses were brought there after the attack, with about 100 others injured.
Another 70 corpses are believed to have been taken to the Maiduguri General Hospital, survivors said.
An operative of the vigilante group called Civilian-JTF, Alhaji Danbatta, who partook in the evacuation of victims told PREMIUM TIMES that many corpses are yet to be evacuated from the attacked village; and most of those killed in the suicide blasts have not been accounted for.
“The casualty is beyond our imagination and most of those that were injured are in very critical conditions,” Mr. Danbatta said. “Many of them may not survive because of the degree of injuries”.
The Borno State Deputy Governor, Usman Durkwa, visited the victims at the Specialists Hospital. He ordered prompt treatment for all victims and said the state government would foot the necessary bills.
In its statement, the military said Hassan Umaru, a Major General who leads operations in the area, visited the village and commended the villagers for their resilience and urged them to be strong and committed in the fight against insurgency.”
Read the military’s statement below:
In their desperate efforts for reprisal attacks on strong, determined and committed members of the Civilian Joint Task Force (CJTF) and innocent citizen. yesterday 30 January 2016 BHT insurgent launched attack Dalori through Yale from ( rear of Dalori village).
An eye witnessed said that the insurgent came in two Golf cars, motorcycles, started opening fire and burning houses. their motive was to cause rancour and penetrate crowd with suicide bombers.
Similarly, while people were running for their dear lives to Gomari Kerkeri village three female suicide bombers attempted to make their way into the crowd but were intercepted and subsequently got blown up. During the incident lives were lost while some people sustained injuries. The insurgents also attempted to penetrate Dalori IDP camp, but the attempt was resisted by the troop which resulted into detonation of IED by the suicide bombers.
In his condolence visit to Dalori, the Theater commander Operation Lafiya Dole Major General Hassan Umaru condole the District Head Alh Lawal Bashir and entire dwellers for the unfortunate incident. He assured the people of Theatre’s commitment in bring insurgency to an end soon.
General Umaru commended the villagers for their resilience and urged them to be strong and committed in the fight against insurgency. He also commented NEMA, SEMA, Red Cross and other Stakeholders for their tireless humanitarian efforts.