1,000 killed in Boko Haram conflict this year

PHOTO | AFP A man stands by the wreckage of a car that has been blown up by suspected Boko Haram militants in Nigeria’s troubled northeastern city of Maiduguri on March 25, 2014, killing five police officers, while a separate blast killed three. The attacks were the latest to hit the Borno state capital. AFP

 

LAGOS(AFP)—More than 1,000 people have been killed so far this year in three states in northeastern Nigeria worst hit by Boko Haram violence, according to the country’s main relief organisation.

The National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA) figures are the starkest indication yet of the increase in bloodshed in Borno, Adamawa and Yobe that have caused growing concern.

NEMA said in a presentation in Abuja on Tuesday that people living in the states were “caught up in an intensifying conflict”, which has been raging since 2009.

“The human toll: more than 1,000 people dead and 249,446 displaced between January to March 2014… One in five of the total population are not living in their own homes,” it added.

Violence has increased in northeastern Nigeria since the new year, including a high-profile attack on a boarding school in Yobe, which saw dozens of students slaughtered in their beds.

A state of emergency imposed in the three states in May last year has largely forced the militants out of urban centres but villagers in remote, rural areas have borne the brunt of continued attacks blamed on the Islamist extremists.

 

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