Boko Haram attacks kill 223 in North-east Nigeria since April – Amnesty International

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At least 223 people have been killed in Boko Haram attacks in North-east Nigeria since April, according to data compiled by Amnesty International.

Most of the attacks occurred in Borno with many of them suicide attacks carried out by women and girls forced into the act.

In neighbouring Cameroon, at least 158 people were also killed by the terror group within the same period.

The attacks have continued despite the efforts by the Nigerian military and its neighbouring partners to combat the terror group whose activities have caused about 100,000 deaths since 2009.

In a statement on Tuesday, Amnesty said its dat‎a showed an increase in Boko Haram attacks when April to early September 2017 is compared to the corresponding period in 2016.

Read the full statement by Amnesty International below.

A major resurgence in Boko Haram attacks and suicide bombings in Cameroon and Nigeria has left at least 381 civilians dead in the five months since the start of April 2017, with casualties more than double the previous five months, Amnesty International said on Tuesday.
According to data collected by the organisation, a sharp rise in civilian deaths in the far north region of Cameroon and the Nigerian states of Borno and Adamawa has been driven by the armed group’s increased use of suicide bombers – often using women and girls who are forced to carry explosives into crowded areas.
“Boko Haram is once again committing war crimes on a huge scale, exemplified by the depravity of forcing young girls to carry explosives with the sole intention of killing as many people as they possibly can,” said Alioune Tine, Amnesty International’s Director for West and Central Africa.
“This wave of shocking Boko Haram violence, propelled by a sharp rise in suicide bombings, highlights the urgent need for protection and assistance for millions of civilians in the Lake Chad region. Governments in Nigeria, Cameroon and beyond must take swift action to protect them from this campaign of terror.”
Northeastern Nigeria: Mass killings and abductions
Boko Haram attacks in Nigeria have killed at least 223 civilians since April, though the real figure may be higher still as some attacks may have gone unreported. Between May and August, seven times’ more civilians were killed than in the preceding four months, while 100 civilians were killed in August alone.
The deadliest recent attack came on July 25, when the armed group shot dead 40 people and abducted three others in an ambush on an oil exploration team in the Magumeri area of Borno state.
Boko Haram suicide bombers have killed at least 81 people in Nigeria since April, while 67 people have been abducted – mostly women and girls – since the start of the year.
There have been two reports of raids on villages in August, in which Boko Haram fighters rounded up and shot civilians, burned down homes and stole from people’s houses, shops and markets.
Far North region of Cameroon: weekly suicide attacks
In Cameroon, Boko Haram have killed at least 158 civilians since April – four times more than in the preceding five months. The recent spike in casualties has been driven by increased suicide attacks, with 30 – more than one per week – carried out since the beginning of April. 
The deadliest attack took place in Waza on July 12, when 16 civilians were killed and at least 34 injured after a young girl was forced to carry and detonate a bomb in a crowded video game centre.
The town of Kolofata, in the Mayo-Sava district, has been especially targeted with nine attacks since April. Mora, the second largest urban centre in the Far North region, has also been hit three times.
The displacement of Boko Haram fighters from the Sambisa Forest in Nigeria to the Mandara Mountains in Cameroon, following operations conducted by the Nigerian military, may explain some of the increase in attacks in Cameroon.
Civilians in need of humanitarian assistance
Across the Lake Chad region, millions of civilians are in need of urgent humanitarian assistance as a result of Boko Haram violence.
A total of 2.3 million people have been displaced across the region. This includes 1.6 million internally displaced people and refugees in Nigeria and 303,000 in Cameroon. Another 374,000 are displaced in Chad and Niger.
More than seven million people across the region face serious food shortages, including five million in Nigeria and 1.5 million in Cameroon. There are 515,000 children suffering from severe acute malnutrition, more than 85 per cent of them in Nigeria.
The recent increase in insecurity has made humanitarian operations difficult, or even impossible, in some inaccessible areas of northeast Nigeria.
“Governments across the Lake Chad region must increase their efforts to protect the hundreds of thousands of civilians at grave risk of being targeted by Boko Haram violence, abductions and abuses,” said Alioune Tine.
“Meanwhile, the international community should also rapidly scale up its commitment to provide life-saving humanitarian assistance to the millions in the region who need it.”

Amnesty International has been documenting human rights abuses and serious violations of international humanitarian law that amount to war crimes and crimes against humanity committed by Boko Haram since 2010.
Amnesty International has compiled and analysed media reports of Boko Haram attacks and casualties, which demonstrate a sharp increase in activity since April 2017 compared to previous months and comparable periods in 2016. The real numbers are likely to be higher, with some deaths unreported.
In 2017 Boko Haram has also killed civilians during at least 10 attacks in the Diffa region of Niger.
All parties to the conflict, including Boko Haram, are bound by the rules of international humanitarian law, which explicitly prohibits any direct attacks against civilians and civilian objects.


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  • 0tile

    Allah wubade

  • Umar Madaki Sani

    I began to suspect all of these NGOS, I can’t trust them anymore.

  • Kickboxer

    APC/BRAINLESS BUHARi IS INCOMPETENT!!! Everyday Nigerians are killed and APC/brainless Buhari HIDE THE NEWS to remain in power and refer to the DEAD as soft targets…223 soft targets???

  • Ola

    These NGO’S have their own agenda. We know Book Haram is killing people and displacing people in communities in the North East .

    The question is what is AI doing to help alleviate the suffering of these people.

    Giving of the number of dead is not enough, they should help or get out.

  • AryLoyds

    That is Islam in its purest form . Boko harm is doing the work of prophet Mohammed (SAW) , they are not bound by international humanitarian law, only by shariah law and the Hadith.

    What is shameful is that yet even their political elite who sponsor this group go about sleeping with prostitues of all genders and yet their hands are not amputated! Just like that senator Buka Ibrahim who was caught pants down having group sex with one woman and a young teenage girl .

    • Last Nigerian Patriot


      The Buhari tragedy in Nigeria today

      Those who voted a lazy laggard like Muhamadu Buhari as president of
      Nigeria did not mean well for their own posterity and must take responsibility
      for the resulting national failure of Nigeria now mired in devastating economic
      recession for 20 months running. Anyone possessed of average intelligence
      should have been able to tell ex ante that this sloven Muhamadu Buhari is
      mentally and physically lazy, and prefers to prance around ceremonially like a
      jaded feudal Emir with no ideas, clues or thoughts. That sore fact was obvious in a
      mute Muhamadu Buhari throughout the campaigns leading up to the 2015 election,
      but supposedly educated Nigerian graduates were heedless.

      For two years on the job Buhari’s brought no good initiative to bear; and has made
      no impact other than make Nigeria worse than he met it. The latest Global Corruption
      Perception Index of 2017 says Nigeria is stuck at the same level of corruption rating
      that Goodluck Ebele Jonathan left Nigeria two years ago, with no single improvement
      under Buhari whatsoever. Ditto, Boko Haram has become deadlier and more efficient
      at successful raids and mass murder under Muhamadu Buhari than at anytime before.
      Meantime, Muhamadu Buhari wrecked educational standards in Nigeria and decreed
      a grand FAILURE MARK of 30% as a new ‘gold standard’ for admission into Nigeria’s

    • Facturas & Figuras


      There are now
      28 million un-employed youths inside Nigeria today, a staggering figure
      equal to the entire population of Ghana; a neighbouring West African country –
      according to a latest official bulletin issued by the federal Nigerian Bureau of
      Statistics. The horrific jobless figure in Nigeria today is over half the whole
      population of Nigeria at independence on October 1st, 1960 and equal
      to all the human beings living in Ghana today.

      • Ekeh C. U

        @aryloyds:disqus ;

        Lagos state worsened and deteriorated badly under Raji Fashola’s roguery and incompetence and was
        rated the 3rd worst liveable city in the world in the year 2012. That deterioration continued unabated
        under Raji Fashola’s corrupt and ignorant administration; where flowers were planted whilst schools
        rotted without chairs or tables. And so, in consequence today, Lagos is worse downgraded in
        the year 2017 as the 2nd worst livable city in the whole world under the equally
        clueless and daft Governor Ambode who has no priority, to talk more of ideas,
        as dirt and grime overtake a deeply illiterate Lagos, threatening an epidemic
        of cholera and Lassa fever. “The survey, released Wednesday, scores
        cities on five broad categories: stability; healthcare; culture and
        environment; education and infrastructure
        “. It was conducted
        by London’s Economist Intelligence Unit.

    • D.O. Derick


      Nigeria will be a less worse country if Muhamadu Buhari is repealed and replaced.

      A country desiring progress must not be led by the sick, the knave, or, the clueless!

    • Liberty

      You are on point!
      As Muslims, we are not bound by ur so-called international law, wherever and whenever such laws are in contradiction with the fundamental decrees (Quran & Sunnah) of your Creator.
      Our primary duty as humans is to submit, absolutely, to guidance of Allaah. That, as Muslims we shall continue to do until we expire, INSHA’ALLAAH; no matter how much you hate it!

      • AryLoyds

        That’s how boko Haram started doing the work of allah . Here you are again disgracing your self

        • Liberty

          Exponents of ‘ Book Haram’ are deviants. They hold extreme views. Prophet Muhammad foretold their emergence; he described their characteristics.

          And, deviants exist for ALL culture!
          People who do believe or think everyone else MUST share their opinion, belief, ideas, perspectives, etc. Such is the case with the so-called ‘ Boko Haram’ elements.

          But, they are not alone in this. People with opinions as you have consistently expressed here, are no less deviants than ur Boko Haram elements of the north east, Nigeria.

          If I had known what creed or ideologies you expouse, I would have known what form of ‘Haram’ is yours.

          • AryLoyds

            So are in agreement that bokoharam is a northern Muslim made monster to create fear and that the sponsors lie within the Muslim north? If yes I now believe that all this information is all fake news and Islam is Devine religion

  • Ibraheem Aruna

    That Boko Haram has killed 223 since April 2017 is only news to Amnesty International.
    It is sad that when some us think that the Nigerian Army, is insufficiently serious, about decimating, destroying and clearing the remnants of Boko Haram, the same confused, deluded, Amnesty International will go on air, using all available medium, to criticize the same Nigerian Army whose responsible it to eliminate them of human rights violations. When the Nigerian army goes in search of Shekau the leader of Boko Haram, the same Amnesty International accuses the army of impunity.
    Somebody should tell Amnesty International that they cannot love Nigeria more than Nigerians.