Boko Haram kills two in Nigerian refugee camp attack
Boko Haram attacked a refugee center in Northeast Nigeria, killing two people and injuring more than ten others. The attack took place on Saturday, May 18, in the Madu Musaha refugee camp near Dikwa Town.
According to Christian Concern and The Peninsula Qatar, the militants sneaked into Madu Musaha camp, in Dikwa Town at around 3:30 am (0230GMT) and opened fire on residents who were eating before sunrise ahead of their Muslim Ramadan fast.
Dikwa which lies 90 kilometers (56 miles) from the state capital Maiduguri is home to more than 70,000 displaced people who live in several camps where they rely on food and humanitarian assistance from aid agencies.
An aid agency member of staff in the town, who spoke on condition of anonymity, said militants “burst into the camp from the rear and opened fire on the IDPs (internally displaced persons)”.”The gunmen escaped before troops responded”, they added, with the swift attack sending refugees and aid staff scurrying away.
Maiduguri is not only the capital of Borno but is also the birthplace of Boko Haram and the epicenter for Boko Haram attacks. Many towns and refugee camps near the city have suffered the same kind of attacks like this one. The government has been trying to quell the terrorist group since it began in 2009 but has had only minimal success. Despite these attacks, the Buhari Administration has claimed the technical defeat of the group for more than a year.