Report: Boko Haram Burned Children Alive in Attack in Nigeria

A mother sits mourning her husband after Boko Haram attacks at Dalori village on the outskirts of Maiduguri in northeastern Nigeria on Jan. 31, 2016.

Members from the terrorist group Boko Haram firebombed huts and burned children to death in a vicious attack that left 86 people dead, the Associated Press reports

A survivor hidden in a tree saw the brutality unleashed and heard the screams of children in the latest attack by the Islamic extremists. According to the report, burned corpses and bodies with bullet wounds were found all across the streets of Dalori village in Northern Nigeria and two nearby camps, home to some 25,000 refugees. 


The attack, including explosions from three suicide bombers, continued for almost four hours in the unprotected area. The survivor, identified by AP as Alamin Bakura, told the newswire that several of his family members were either killed or wounded. 

Troops arrived at Dalori around 8:40 p.m. Saturday but were not able to push back against the terrorists, who were better armed, AP reports. The militants from Boko Haram only began to retreat when reinforcements arrived with heavier weapons. 

According to AP, journalists spoke to survivors Sunday who said that it had taken too long for help to arrive form Maiduguri, the military headquarters nearby, and that they were fearful of another attack. Eighty-six bodies were collected from the area, while another 62 people were being treated for burns. 

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