This question arises as reports say at least 100 people have been slaughtered by the deadly group at a village in north-eastern Nigeria. According to the International Business Times, the militants sprayed bullets and burned down dozens of houses in separate attacks in Baga and Izge, predominantly Christian villages, located on the border with Cameroon.Explosions were also reported in the attack, which lasted for about five hours. Nearly 100 militants in army uniform, armed with sophisticated weapons reportedly carried out the attack, it added.

According to eye-witness reports, the Islamist gunmen went door-to-door to flush out the residents to shoot them after herding them at a common place. Those who tried to flee were shot dead while others had their throats slit by the insurgents, who were chanting « Allah is great, » suggest local reports.

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« So far, from information I have received from Izge, 106 people, including an old woman, have been killed by the attackers, suspected to be Boko Haram gunmen, » local government official Ali Ndume told AFP.

Meanwhile, there are reports that the violent Islamic sect, Boko Haram, has threatened to declare war on Cameroon if she does not cease to support Nigeria’s military campaign against it.
In recent times, the sect has been at the receiving end of a massive onslaught by the army in Borno, Yobe and Adamawa states of Nigeria.

Members of the sect have reportedly fled these attacks and were said to have relocated to safe havens in Cameroon, Niger and Chad. However, efforts by the sect to make Cameroon a safe haven have been countered by Cameroonian troops who launch regular attacks against the fleeing militants.

Valentine MULANGO