Boko Haram, Bandits, Killed 319 Nigerians in June – CML

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SWITZERLAND, JULY 01 – The Boko Haram terrorist group, and bandits in the northern part of Nigeria have been responsible for 319 out of 395 violent deaths in June 2020, Today’s Echo gathers from a research by the Civic Media Lab (CML).

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Most of the attacks, which took place in the northern part of the country, were carried out unhindered as security agencies were not available to protect the people from the onslaught.

According to the latest life count by the CML, 48 persons were also kidnapped in the country.

The report also highlighted how bandits and members of the Boko Haram terrorist group carried out their attacks in Borno, Katsina, Niger, Kogi, and Zamfara States.

In a breakdown of the attacks, 167 Nigerians were killed by bandits while 152 persons were killed in coordinated attacks by Boko Haram members, in June 2020. This brings the total number of people killed by these violent groups in June to 319.

According to the CML, unknown gunmen and herdsmen were responsible for the death of 18 and 17 people respectively.

 In an unending communal feud, 36 lives were claimed in tribal fights in Ebonyi, Adamawa, Jigawa and Benue State.

Ten police officers and 21 soldiers were part of those killed in the country.

The states most affected by the killings include Borno, Katsina and Zamfara with 152, 80 and 56 deaths respectively.

Other killings took place in Niger (5), Kaduna (15), Kogi (11), Taraba (16), Ebonyi (4), Benue (21), Abuja (7), Jigawa (3), Plateau (2), Adamawa (23).

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