Over 100 people were reportedly killed when gunmen believed to be members of the Boko Haram terrorists attacked Dalori village in Borno State. The attack came even as the Federal Government has assured that the insurgents have been technically defeated and lack the capability of any coordinated military style attacks.
In the attack which was carried out on Saturday night, Dalori village with over 1000 houses, were completely razed down by the gunmen. Those killed in the attack included helpless children and several women.
With this attack in Dalori which is just five kilometres away from Maiduguri, Boko Haram has resumed its armed campaign to run over Maiduguri, the capital of Borno state, a feat they have sworn to accomplish their avowed determination to establish a caliphate in the northern Nigeria region.
Nigerian Army confirmed that Boko Haram terrorists killed more than 100 residents of Dalori village in Borno state, even as over 100 persons also sustained various degrees of injuries.
It said the attack on the small village lasted at least 4 hours, and that over 70 bodies were deposited at the Maiduguri General Hospital, Borno state.
Dalori village is 5km from Maiduguri, the Borno State capital and is located near camps set up for people displaced by the seven-year Boko Haram insurgency.
Army spokesman Colonel Mustapha Anka said in a statement that the incident left many people killed while some people sustained injuries.
Anka said the assailants also tried to penetrate the Dalori camp, but they were repelled by the troops.
According to the army, the insurgents, who came in two Golf cars and motorcycles, started opening fire and burning houses,” on the night of last Saturday, used different ways to kill the innocent indigenes of the small village.
The military explained further that as at yesterday afternoon terrorists did not just direct it attacks on the people but also deployed 3 different suicide bombers to blow themselves up before the residents could escape.
In the meantime, the theatre commander of Operation Lafiya Dole, Major General Hassan Umaru has visited the scene of the attack to inspect damages from the attacks by Boko Haram terrorists.
While condoling the District Head of the Village, Alhaji Lawal Bashir over the unfortunate incident, General Umaru reassured the people of the commitment of the military to apprehend and deal with the perpetrators.
The military commander commended the villagers for their resilience and urged them to be strong and to always reports strange movement and objects to relevant security agencies as soon as possible. He also commended emergency rescuers, humanitarian and health workers for their tireless and timely response.
It is gathered that the terrorists were on reprisal attacks on members of the Civilian Joint Task Force, CJTF when they launched the attack on Dalori village through Yale, another village close to Maiduguri.
While people were running for safety towards Gomari Kerkeri village, three female suicide bombers were intercepted in their attempt to make their way into the crowd but got blown up.
The military had prevented the insurgents from penetrating Dalori Internally Displaced Persons, IDPs’ camp which prompted detonations of IED by suicide bombers.
One Alhaji Dambatta who is a member of the Civilian-JTF told newsmen that some dead bodies were yet to be evacuated from Dalori village as all those who died as a result of the suicide bombings have not been discovered.
Alhaji Dambatta said: “The casualty is beyond our imagination and most of those that were injured are in very critical conditions. Many of them may not survive because of the degree of injuries.”
Nigerian Pilot gatherer that the deputy governor of Borno state, Usman Durkwa who paid a condolence visit to the Maiduguri Specialists Hospital directed the authorities of the hospital to treat all victims as the government of Borno state would foot the bills.
Residents and an aid worker said at least 50 people were killed in the assault which took place after evening prayers in the mostly Muslim region.
“We were seated outside our home shortly after the Isha prayer when we heard gunshots and within a few minutes the invaders had arrived,” Malam Masa Dalori, a community leader, told AFP.
“They came in Golf saloon cars and began to shoot sporadically. Many people ran to the bush including myself,” he said.
“When we came back in the morning the entire community has been razed. At least 50 people were also killed, many others injured,” he said.
Mallam Hassan, another villager, gave a similar account.
“I lost an uncle in the attack. But I thank God I escaped with my children,” he said.
An aid worker who did not want to be named, said the bodies of the victims had been evacuated to the hospital.
“I think they should be more that 50, while several others were injured,” he said.
Boko Haram fighters have made several attempts to retake Maiduguri — the birthplace of the jihadist movement — since they were pushed out three years ago.
The group which seeks a hardline Islamic state in northern Nigeria has killed some 17,000 people and forced more than 2.6 million others to flee their homes since 2009.

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