Last Thursday, Boko Haram attacked villagers in Kukuwa-Gari in the Yobe state claiming the lives of at least sixty children. Details of the attack have only just begun to emerge from those that survived the horrific violence.
Residents reported that more than one hundred and fifty of their neighbors and family members drowned in a river fleeing Boko Haram militants who opened fire on the village.
Witnesses reported that seventeen gunmen had come on motorcycles, including a local Boko Haram commander.
Nigerian military commanders stay very reluctant to verify any of the witness accounts, stating that the reports of a massacre and drownings could not be substantiated, even attempting to deny that the attack ever happened.
The army issued a statement making no mention of the attack on Kukuwa-Gari but said troops engaged in targeting Boko Haram fighters who were fleeing an air force bombardment of their stronghold in the Sambisa forest, in neighbouring Borno State.