Nigeria: Islamic terror attack on Rann leaves at least 60 people murdered; army denies

Source: Nigeria: Deadliest Boko Haram attack on Rann leaves at least 60 people murdered | Amnesty International

At least 60 people were killed following the 28 January devastating Boko Haram attack on Rann, a border town in Borno state, northeast Nigeria, Amnesty International has confirmed.

The organization also analyzed satellite imagery which shows hundreds of burned structures in the town. Many of the destroyed structures only date back to 2017, suggesting they were shelters for internally displaced people who came to Rann seeking protection.

“We have now confirmed that this week’s attack on Rann was the deadliest yet by Boko Haram, killing at least 60 people. Using satellite imagery we have also been able to confirm the mass burning of structures as Boko Haram unleashed a massive assault on Rann, most of which is now destroyed,” said Osai Ojigho, Director of Amnesty International Nigeria.

“This attack on civilians who have already been displaced by the bloody conflict may amount to possible war crime, and those responsible must be brought to justice. Disturbingly, witnesses told us that Nigerian soldiers abandoned their posts the day before the attack, demonstrating the authorities’ utter failure to protect civilians.”

Inadequate security

Alleged withdrawal of troops, triggered a massive exodus of civilians to Cameroon, as fear spread that Boko Haram would take advantage and attack the town. At around 9am on 28 January, a group of Boko Haram fighters arrived on motorcycles. They set houses ablaze and killed those left behind. They also chased after those who attempted to escape and killed some people outside the town. Eleven bodies were found within Rann town, and 49 bodies were found outside.

Amnesty International was informed that about 50 people have not been accounted for. Those who took part in the burial explained what they saw.

According to an eyewitness: “Ten of us [Civilian Joint Task Force] came from Cameroon to Rann for the burial. When we arrived, we found and buried 11 corpses within the town, but the soldiers told us that they buried several others yesterday [30 January] who had decayed.

“Outside the town, we recovered and buried 49 dead bodies all with gunshot wounds.”

Aid agencies have reported that some 30,000 civilians have fled for the border with Cameroon in recent days, joining a further 9,000 who fled Boko Haram’s previous attack on Rann on 14 January.

Satellite evidence of mass burning

Amnesty International analyzed satellite images from 30 January 2019 showing hundreds of structures burned in the east, south and southeast of Rann. Environmental sensors detected fires in the area on 28 and 29 January.

In the 14 January attack, Boko Haram burned well over 100 structures in other areas of Rann. These two recent attacks have left most of the town heavily damaged or destroyed.

But…the Associated (with terrorists) Press writes:

JOHANNESBURG — Nigeria’s army is rejecting an Amnesty International report that said Boko Haram extremists killed at least 60 people in a “devastating” attack on the northeastern border town of Rann.

In a statement posted on Facebook on Saturday, the army dismissed as “outlandish and unverified” the witness statements that soldiers had left their posts the day before Monday’s attack.

The army also says no attack even occurred on that day.

Amnesty on Friday published satellite imagery it said showed “hundreds of burned structures” after fighters on motorcycles drove into the town and set homes on fire.

The army statement calls the Amnesty report “another futile effort” to portray the military as incapable.

An extremist resurgence poses a serious challenge for President Muhammadu Buhari as he seeks re-election in two weeks’ time.

Obama-assisted Buhari committed to implement the sharia and has done little to slow the killing of non-Muslims.

One thought on “Nigeria: Islamic terror attack on Rann leaves at least 60 people murdered; army denies

  1. The article refers to the jihadists as “Fighters” It takes TWO for a fight. These “people” are cold blooded murderers. If they met a well armed and trained professional army in battle of equal size they would regret it. These “fighters” only attack unarmed civilians and inferior military groups. They are just cowards who never never attack anyone with a chance of winning.

If sharia keeps spreading, you will not only be silenced by the media and big technology, you will be jailed - or worse. Speak while you can!

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