Boko Haram has staged a strong comeback by killing 87 civilians after the Nigerian military raided it camp and killed 150 of the militants on Wednesday.

Boko Haram killed 87 civilians in the town of Benisheik in Bono State

Boko Haram killed 87 civilians in the town of Benisheik in Bono State

Boko Haram has staged a strong comeback by killing 87 civilians after the Nigerian military raided it camp and killed 150 of the militants on Wednesday.

Local officials say the attack happened in the town of Benisheik in Bono State, which is some 70km west of the state capital, Maiduguri. Pictures posted on Facebook by local reporters showed women crying and wailing for dead relatives in the town.

The militants were said to have drove into the town in about 20 pick-up trucks with heavy weapons including an anti-air craft guns mounted on them.

Others too disguised themselves in military uniforms and set up checkpoints outside the town, shooting to dead those trying to flee the town from the attack. Most of those killed were said to be vigilante groups who help the military in tracking down Boko Haram.

Communications with Borno state have been severely disrupted since May, when a state of emergency was declared in Borno and two neighboring states.

Local reporters say Violence in northeast of the country has intensified over the past two months, as the militants fight back against the military operation that is backed by president Goodluck Jonathan.

President Goodluck Jonathan declared a state of emergency in 3 northern states on May 14, and deployed thousands of troops to halt the insurgency, acknowledging that militants had taken control of some towns and villages in the north.

Borno state governor Kashim Shettima described the killings to reporters on Thursday as “barbaric and un-Islamic”, and pledged financial assistance to relatives of the victims.

The military said on late Wednesday that it attacked Boko Haram camp in Bono State and killed 150 of them including the commander of the group.

But political analysts say it appears that Boko Haram is taking revenge against vigilante groups, adding weight to fears that the strategy may trigger an escalation of the violence.

Boko Haram is believed to have carried out a wave of bombings and assassinations since 2009 which have cost an estimate number of over 4,000 lives, and saying it wants to establish an Islamic state across Nigeria.

Issaka Adams / NationalTurk Africa News

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Boko Haram Attack: 9 Students Killed in Northeastern City of Maiduguri

Nine Students have been Killed in Northeastern City of Maiduguri

Nine Students have been Killed in Northeastern City of Maiduguri

Medical workers in the northeastern city of Maiduguri have said that nine students have been shot dead by Boko Haram militants on Tuesday in a local school.

The attack happened in the conservative Islamic School of Ansarudeen where the gunmen were believed to have opened fire indiscriminately on the students.

This is the second in such attack in 3 days, as 11 people were left dead in an attack on a local Secondary school by Boko Haram militants in the northeastern town of Damaturu on Sunday.

Seven students, two teachers and two insurgents were killed in the Damaturu attack on Sunday, according to official figure given by the military.

A student who witnessed the attack told Reuters Africa that he was taking exams in a classroom at the Ansarudeen School when gunmen stormed the building, opening fire at random.

“I saw five students sitting the exams killed on the spot, four others were killed as they were entering the school premises,” student confirmed to Reuters.

Local reporters say students are afraid to go to school as they do not know when and how the militants might strike again.

President Goodluck Jonathan ordered the deployment of Some 2,000 soldiers to 3 northern states in May this year, amid declaring state of emergency in those states, when intense attacks by Boko Haram were killing civilians on regular basis.

The military said it has arrested more than 150 Boko Haram militants and have destroyed many of their camps in remote areas of the city.

Dozen others of the group are also believed to have also fled into hiding or across borders to Niger, Chad and Cameroon due to the offensive of the military.

But many still believe they are regrouping to counter attack the military offensive on guerrilla tactics.

These two attacks in 3 days have also raised fears that a month-long offensive by the military has merely pushed militants into hiding, from where they can still launch dangerous attacks on civilians.

But the Nigerian military has maintained that their offensive has enabled them to wrest back control of the remote northeast cities from Boko Haram but these latest attacks put them in grave doubt.

The UN refugee agency said last week that the offensive by the military has forced more than 6,000 refugees – mostly women, children and the elderly to flee to neighboring Niger in recent months.

President Goodluck Jonathan had wanted to grant an amnesty to Boko Haram by setting up a committee to look into the affairs on how a peaceful dialogue can be achieved, but the group refused to lay down their arms compelling the President to resort to military action against them.

Boko Haram is believed to have carried out a wave of bombings and assassinations since 2009, saying it wants to establish an Islamic state across Nigeria.

Issaka Adams / NationalTurk Africa News