Retreating Boko Haram leaves mass of throat-slit corpses near Nigerian town

Nigerien soldiers hold up a Boko Haram flag that they had seized in the recently retaken town of Damasak, Nigeria, March 18, 2015. REUTERS/Emmanuel Braun

(Reuters) – Soldiers from Niger and Chad who liberated the Nigerian town of Damasak from Boko Haram militants have discovered the bodies of at least 70 people, many with their throats slit, scattered under a bridge, a Reuters witness said.

In what appeared to be an execution site for the Islamist group, the bodies were strewn beneath the concrete bridge on one of the main roads leading out of the town. At least one had its head completely severed.

The bodies were partially mummified by the dry desert air, suggesting that the killings had taken place some time ago.

Boko Haram has killed thousands of people in a six-year insurgency aimed at establishing an Islamic caliphate in northeast Nigeria. Damasak was seized by the Islamist group in November but recaptured by troops from Niger and Chad on Saturday as part of a multinational effort to wipe out the militants.

Chadian soldiers, who said the bodies were discovered on Thursday, spoke of at least 100 corpses in the area around the dry river bed. A Reuters witness was able to count at least 70…

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  • So- why are we keeping Boko Haram alive?

  • BillyHW

    The only solution is the Central African Republic solution. You know it and I know it. Islam is incompatible with humanity.

    • Drunk_by_Noon

      I must caution you on any thoughts of the use of “disproportionate force”.
      I loved last night!
      Hopefully you were there too to get that joke.

  • I guess they didn’t get the “Islam is the Religion of Peace” memo.

    • BillyHW

      It got lost in the mail.

      • Drunk_by_Noon

        And they don’t have a functional mail system ever since “mail” was deemed un-Islamic.

        • To quote P.J. O’Rourke, from Back When He Was Funny, (from memory) “come back sahib English and snob us and make the Coke machine work again.”

    • Drunk_by_Noon

      They can’t read.

      • Mohammed couldn’t read, and he is the model for all human kind.

  • Hard Little Machine

    Has Obama opened negotiations with them yet?