Troops kill 3 Boko Haram, rescue 33 civilians in Borno

Henrietta Strickland
April 15, 2018

The Nigerian Army on Tuesday said it had arrested one Adamu Hassan, a "Boko Haram" insurgent who specialises in making Improvised Explosive Devices.

In the statement, UNICEF representative in Nigeria, Mohammed Malick Fall, said since the conflict started in the North-eastern Nigeria almost nine years ago, at least 2,295 teachers have been killed and more than 1,400 schools have been destroyed, leaving most of these schools closed because of extensive damage or ongoing insecurity.

In a statement signed by its communication specialist, Eva Hinds, the UNICEF disclosed that four years on from that tragic incident, more than 100 of the "Chibok girls" are yet to be returned to their families as the United Nations children's agency continues to call for their release.

"These repeated attacks against children in schools are unconscionable", Mohamed Malick Fall, a UNICEF representative in Nigeria said. The U.N.'s report documented only verified cases, the first time it had published such a tally. It said she was forced to marry one of the fighters, locked in a room and repeatedly raped. "However, their houses and property were also destroyed", he said.

Since the insurgency of the terrorist group escalated after a 2009 crackdown by the military, Boko Haram, chiefly under Abubakar Shekau'sleadership, has been responsible for the death of over 20,000 people and the displacement of more than 2.5 million scattered across Internally Displaced Person (IDP) camps across the country and its neighbours. Now ten years into its insurgency, there is no sign the conflict is going to end anytime soon. In February, one faction kidnapped more than 100 schoolgirls from the town of Dapchi, previously untouched by the war. Boko Haram, which has ties to Islamic State, is also known to have used some, including girls, as suicide bombers. Some may be dead, according to testimony from the rescued girls and Boko Haram experts.

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