Fighters of the terrorist group Boko Haram, which still has at least 219 captive girls abducted last April, have attacked three villages in northeastern Nigeria, Borno State, and killed at least 35 people, according to sources military and the inhabitants of the town.
Dozens of members of Boko Haram dressed in military uniforms stormed villages Gumushi, Amuda and Arbokko aboard ATVs and motorcycles and opened fire on civilians, burning several houses with Molotov cocktails.
A few hours earlier, Nigerian President Goodluck Jonathan had announced a ” large-scale operation to end impunity for terrorists ” on Nigerian soil. The president promised the parents of 219 girls abducted by the terrorist group, and assured them that his forces liberate achieved, report Reuters and the AFP agency.
“I am determined to protect our democracy, our national unity and our political stability, waging total war against terrorism,” Jonathan said in his speech on Democracy Day, held on Thursday in Nigeria.
The phrase “total war” had already been used by the President of Chad, Idriss Deby, after a meeting of leaders from countries bordering Nigeria, the middle of this month, where they tried to devise a common strategy to combat Islamist group.
On Thursday, Jonathan also said he has authorized security forces to “use all necessary and legal remedy to ensure this is achieved.” He added. ” I assure you (…) that these gangsters will be expelled It will not happen overnight, but we will spare no effort to achieve this goal.” Also blamed the emergence of this Islamist terrorist group ” foreign extremist elements.”
“With the support of Nigerians, our neighbors and the international community, strengthen our defense, we will free our girls and we’ll get rid of the terrorists,” he said, adding that all democratic achievements in social and economic fronts are being threatened ” international terrorism ” on its shores.
Nigeria is Africa’s biggest oil producer and, according to the World Bank, two-thirds of its 170 million inhabitants fight against extreme poverty. Since 2009 the police killed the founder of Boko Haram, Mohammed Yusuf, his followers have waged a bloody campaign that, to date, has more than 4,000 dead. Their goal is to impose an Islamic state in Nigeria, in the predominantly Christian south and mainly Muslim north.