Boko Haram has killed 400 in Nigeria and Cameroon since April - Amnesty International
Sep 05, 2017 Africa 4882 By Abdulkerimu Oare
- Boko Haram attacks on the increase once again.
- Large scale attacks have become a regular occurence.
- The use of Female Suicide Bombers now rampant.
According to Amnesty International, the Boko Haram terrorist group has so far claimed around 400 lives since April, which is twice the rate from the previous five months leading to April.
A report from Amnesty
International shows that the increasing use of suicing bombers, especially young women and girls in detonating explosives in crowded environments has so far claimed the lives of 381 people across Nigeria and Cameroon since April 2017.
"Boko Haram is once again committing war crimes on a huge scale, exemplified by the depravity of forcing young girls to carry explosives with the sole intention of killing as many people as they possibly can," said Alioune Tine, Amnesty International's director for West and Central Africa.
"This wave of shocking Boko Haram violence, propelled by a sharp rise in suicide bombings, highlights the urgent need for protection and assistance for millions of civilians ... Governments in Nigeria, Cameroon and beyond must take swift action to protect them from this campaign of terror."
Amnesty said at least 223 civilians died in Nigeria since April, underscoring that the real toll could be far higher.
"Between May and August, seven times more civilians were killed than in the preceding four months, while 100 civilians were killed in August alone," it said.
In neighbouring Cameroon, Amnesty said since April at least 158 civilians died in Boko Haram strikes, a figure four times higher than the preceding five months.
"The recent spike in casualties has been driven by increased suicide attacks, with 30 - more than one per week - carried out since the beginning of April," it said.