DALORI, NIGERIA – Burned out buildings and ashes are just about all that’s left of the Nigerian village of Dalori after a savage weekend attack by Boko Haram terrorists.
As many as 100 villagers, including women and children, died.
The terrorists roared in on motorcycles and in cars, shooting automatic weapons and setting fire to at least 300 buildings, burning alive people caught inside.
Some villagers fled to a large tree, a traditional gathering spot for trading. Huddled among them was a terrorist who detonated a suicide bomb, killing and wounding many.
Most villagers survived by hiding in the bushes until the military arrived and repelled the terrorists after a fierce battle.
Dalori is close to Maidaguri, the heavily guarded capital of Borno State.
The town is also the birthplace of Boko Haram and its headquarters until government troops drove it out three years ago.
Maidaguri is also home to about 20,000 displaced Nigerians who fled their villages and towns after Boko Haram raids and suicide bombings.
Boko haram aligned with ISIS in march of last year and renamed itself ISWAP, which is Islamic State’s West African Province.
It also claimed the title of world’s deadliest terror group for killing more than 6,600 people in Nigeria, Chad, and Cameroon in 2014.
This weekend’s attack shows that Boko Haram is determined to retain its terrible title.