New Boko Haram Rampage May Be Worst Yet
Up to 500 men, boys killed in Nigerian village
By Rob Quinn, Newser Staff
Posted Jun 6, 2014 4:05 AM CDT
Armed hunters gather before looking for around 300 abducted school girls in Maiduguri, Nigeria.    (AP Photo/Haruna Umar)

(Newser) – Details are still unclear—not least because militants have destroyed mobile phone towers in the region—but Boko Haram may have carried out its worst atrocity yet. Officials in Nigeria say up to 500 people may have been killed when the Islamic extremists raided villages near the Cameroon border, CNN reports. The militants claimed to be soldiers there to protect villagers and they asked them to assemble before they opened fire, killing every man and boy they could find, officials say.

"The death is unimaginable. We have lost between 400 and 500 people in the attacks in which men and male children were not spared," a local leader says. "Even nursing mothers had their male infants snatched from their backs and shot dead before their eyes." A lawmaker who represents the region says that military jets have hit Boko Haram positions in the area, but there is no military presence on the ground and the militants are continuing to kill unchecked, the New York Times reports. The militants are still believed to be holding hundreds of kidnapped schoolgirls, though there have been reports that at least four of them escaped recently.

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Lefty_Libby
Jun 6, 2014 1:17 PM CDT
Does anyone know what these awads really want, or are they a group of homicidal maniacs who got together via meetup?
Spudsy
Jun 6, 2014 9:43 AM CDT
Give me that old-time religion,Give me that old-time religion,Give me that old-time religion,It's good enough for me. Oh! this old-time religion,This old-time religion,This old-time religion,It is good enough for me.
watashiwa
Jun 6, 2014 7:47 AM CDT
A double edged sword of stupidity and superstition. We are equally stupid for expecting anything more from them.