Details are emerging about Boko Haram's deadly rampage on a town in northeastern Nigeria, which left over 100 people dead on Friday. As we noted yesterday, the terrorist group set fire to half of the town in a pre-dawn attack.
To that, the Associated Press added this horrifying report:
Survivors said Saturday that insurgents fired rocket-propelled grenades and lobbed homemade bombs into homes, and then gunned down people as they tried to escape the fires in the attack on Damboa town launched before dawn Friday. Most of the town has burned down, they said.
A human rights advocate said the extremists struck again as people were trying to bury the dead later Friday, and said the death toll is probably much higher than 100. He spoke on condition of anonymity because he is not authorized to speak to reporters.
With much of the world's attention focused on other conflagrations, Boko Haram continues to kidnap and pillage its way through Christian-majority Nigeria making it the African country with the largest internal displacement. Over 2,000 people have died in attacks this year.
Nigeria Chief of Army Staff confirmed some soldiers in war against Boko Haram displaying acts of cowardice, indiscipline, desertion-ThisDay— Aisha Dabo™ (@mashanubian) July 19, 2014
At the end of Friday's assault, the group raised its black and white flag over Damboa.
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