Boko Haram Islamists has claimed nearly 400 lives since April says Amnesty

A man carrying a Boko Haram flag walks past a group of 82 Chibok girls, who were held captive for three years by Islamist militants, as the girls wait to be released in exchange for several militant commanders, near Kumshe, Nigeria May 6, 2017. Picture taken May 6, 2017. REUTERS/Zanah Mustapha
Vastavam web:  A spurt in attacks by Boko Haram Islamists has claimed nearly 400 lives since April in Nigeria and Cameroon, double the figure of the previous five months, Amnesty said today.The increasing use of suicide bombers often young women and girls forced to carry and detonate explosives in crowded areas — has killed at least 381 civilians in the two countries, the rights group said in a statement.”Boko Haram is once again committing war crimes on a huge scale, exemplified by the depravity of forcing young girls to carry explosives with the sole intention of killing as many people as they possibly can,” said Alioune Tine, Amnesty International’s director for West and Central Africa.
Governments in Nigeria, Cameroon and beyond must take swift action to protect them from this campaign of terror.” Amnesty said at least 223 civilians died in Nigeria since April, underscoring that the real toll could be far higher.”Between May and August, seven times more civilians were killed than in the preceding four months, while 100 civilians were killed in August alone,” it said.At least 20,000 people have been killed in violence since 2009 and more than 2.6 million people have been left homeless.
More than five million people are starving as the fighting has devastated farmland, leaving farmers unable to sow or cultivate crops for several years.”The recent spike in casualties has been driven by increased suicide attacks, with 30 — more than one per week — carried out since the beginning of April,” it said.