Attacks carried out by Takfiri Boko Haram militants in Nigeria killed more than 3,000 people in the period running from May 2013 to March 2014, a report says.
The Internal Displacement Monitoring Centre (IDMC), run by the Norwegian Refugee Council, said in a Thursday report that at least 3,000 people were killed since a state of emergency was imposed in northeastern Nigeria last May, based on figures from the UN, which ran up to March 2014.
At least 250,000 fled their homes during the same period, the IDMC said, adding that a total of 3.3 million Nigerians have been driven from their homes by Boko Haram attacks and other violence in the country.
In the report, the IDMC said that despite counterinsurgency operations and the imposition of the state of emergency, attacks by the Takfiri militants have increased in frequency and impact.
The IDMC warned that the group’s persistent assaults on civilians could have implications for the wider region, with the entire West Africa’s security growingly at risk.
“The group is growing in its ambition, capability and reach, creating fears that it will become a regional destabilizing force…,” Alfredo Zamudio, the director of the IDMC, said in a statement.
“As the government struggles to contain the group’s southward spread towards Abuja, questions to the future of regional stability have been raised which have weakened Nigeria’s relations with Cameroon, Niger and Chad,” he added.
Boko Haram was reported to have killed hundreds of people in attacks on four villages in northeast Nigeria on June 3. It abducted more than 250 female students in April.