Boko Haram kills 27,000 in Nigeria in decade-long militancy: UN

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Smoldering ashes are seen on the ground in Badu near Maiduguri on July 28, 2019, after the latest attack this weekend by Boko Haram fighters on a funeral in northeast Nigeria has left 65 people dead. (Photo by Audu Marte / AFP) (Photo credit should read AUDU MARTE/AFP/Getty Images)
FILE PHOTO: Smoldering ashes are seen on the ground in Badu near Maiduguri after an attack by Boko Haram fighters on a funeral in northeast Nigeria that left 65 people dead. (Photo credit AUDU MARTE/AFP/Getty Images)

More than 27,000 people were killed in Boko Haram’s militancy in Nigeria since the group launched its insurgency in the northeast region of the country in 2009, according to data by the United Nations (UN).

A statement made available to Xinhua in Abuja on Thursday quoted Edward Kallon, the UN humanitarian coordinator in Nigeria, as saying 130,000 people have also been newly displaced from their homes.

“Rising insecurity in recent months has pushed over 130,000 newly displaced people on a long trudge. Arriving en masse to displaced camps, they are looking upon us for aid and protection,” the statement said.

Boko Haram, whose agenda is to maintain a virtual caliphate in the most populous African country, had also spread its tentacles to neighboring countries including Chad, Niger, and northern Cameroon.

The UN office in Abuja expressed the humanitarian community’s willingness to assist in abating the crisis while organizing on Wednesday a remembrance of 10 years of the security crisis in Borno, Adamawa, and Yobe — the three most-affected northeastern states in Nigeria.

Humanitarian aid workers, school boys and girls, women, and security operatives, among others, have either been killed or abducted by Boko Haram during the decade of violence.

The Nigerian government has consistently declared winning the war against the Boko Haram militants, despite growing concerns by citizens.

On Tuesday, a presidential spokesman, Garba Shehu, had maintained that the group’s agenda had been largely defeated by government forces.

However, at least 70 people were killed last weekend in an attack by Boko Haram on three villages in Borno.

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