Witnesses to the early morning attack against the small hamlet say gunmen who had surrounded Izge during the night burst into the town just before dawn firing machine guns, tossing small explosives through open windows, torching dozens of houses and buildings and gunning down those why tried to flee the carnage.
One resident told Reuters, "As I am talking to you now, all the dead bodies of the victims are still lying in the streets. We fled without burying them because we feared the terrorists were still lurking in the bushes."
Other eyewitnesses claim hundreds of survivors fled their homes in panic. All the terrorists appear to have successfully retreated into their mountain hideouts. Nigerian authorities have not reported any arrests or apprehensions.
Just last week, Boko-Haram, a particularly brutal Nigerian Jihadist group demanding the establishment of a strict Sharia state and the forced conversion of all Nigerian Christians to Islam, massacred 51 Christians using similar tactics outside a local government building in Konduga,.
In May 2013, Nigeria’s President Goodluck Jonathan surged troops to the north-east to protect vulnerable Christian villages from Boko Haram’s increasingly brazen attacks.
The Obama administration has long claimed that Boko Haram’s jihad against Nigeria’s Christians has “nothing to do with religion” and still refuse to formally designate Boko Haram a “terrorist group.”
In 2011, President Obama earmarked $600 million to support a U.S. AID initiative designed to study the “true causes” behind Boko Haram’s terror campaign which started in earnest after Goodluck Jonathan, a Christian, was elected president.
The U.S. has long pressured Nigeria to make more concessions to its country’s Muslim population. One of those American demands has been that Nigeria build more mosques, many of which have indeed been built and are now reportedly being used as Boko Haram recruitment centers.