Nigeria: Christian Town is Victim of Boko Haram Attack Killing Many, Thousands Flee
Carrie DedrickReligious persecution, missions, Christianity around the world
- 2014 Dec 01
Boko Haram terrorists attacked the predominantly Christian town of Shani, Borno State on Saturday (Nov. 29). The death toll from the attack has not yet been confirmed but authorities believe that many were killed and thousands fled the town after militants invaded the area with guns and bombs.
One resident said that civilians, public buildings and recreational centers were targeted in the attack that occurred at 8:00 p.m.
The unnamed Shani resident said, "They came on about 10 motorcycles from Gwaskara axis, well armed with Ak47 rifles, improvised explosive devices and petrol bombs, wrecking havoc without confrontation as there was no military operatives, nor police to assist the armless civilians who were running for dear lives."
Resident Ishaya Brimah said that more than 30 Boko Haram members attacked Shani.
They started throwing bombs into houses...then the Boko Haram fired shots at people fleeing...They set ablaze the police station, houses and a telecom mast...I saw people fleeing, some bodies on the ground,” Brimah said.
Authorities have not been able to communicate with town officials after the attack.
Publication date: December 1, 2014