On Friday 1st September 2017, the Boko Haram jihadists killed eleven people on a camp for internally displaced people (IDPs). The camp is situated in Banki on Nigeria’s border with Cameroon, which houses 45,000 IDPs. They used knives to kill people silently at 12.30 a:m. Soldiers expelled the attackers from the camp, after the informal militia raised alarm. They also stole food aid rations given to those living in the camps.
Boko Haram is an extremist Islamic group based in north-eastern Nigeria, Chad, Niger and northern Cameroon. It was founded in 2002 and had been increasingly violent in the following years. Thousands of people had been killed, kidnapped or displaced. It has been ranked as the world’s deadliest group by the Global Terrorism Index in 2015. Their attacks became more violent in the years including suicide bombing which is usually done by women and children.
In 2014, the Nigerian military gained control of most of its territories and by September 2015, the Director of Information at the Defence Headquarters of Nigeria announced that all Boko Haram camps had been destroyed. Due to this, it is believed that the terrorist group is running low on supplies. However, the attacks continue mainly by the use of suicide bombers.
For further info on Boko Haram see here.