Earlier today, the residents of three small villages in Nigeria took their security into their own hands. Facing more than 300 well-armed Boko Haram fighters, the villagers, poorly trained and ill-equipped, fought courageously, foiling the attack and killing upwards of 200 Boko Haram members.
In the month that has passed since Boko Haram kidnapped nearly 300 girls from a school in Chibok, Nigeria, the government has done little to protect members of other villages in the area. So the residents of the villages of Menari, Tsangayari and Garawa made sure that they would be ready in the event that Boko Haram attacked again.
One of the villagers who fought against the militants talked to Nigeria’s Premium Times after the attack, saying,
“We have told them (Boko Haram) that they cannot take their attacks to our village because, we have taken measures both security wise and spiritually to prevent them.”
In the wee hours of the morning, the Boko Haram force attacked Menari, where they killed 60 people. But news of the attack spread very quickly, and the villages of Tsangayari and Garawa were more than ready for the militants when they arrived.
The villager who spoke with the Premium Times continued,
“They wanted to attack us just the way they did in Bama, Konduga and Damboa, but we got the wind of it and all of us laid ambush for them; when they neared the village, we opened fire using our Dane duns, double barrel rifles and bows-and-arrows. Most of them who were shocked took to their heels, but many of them died, some that were injured have been caught alive and are with the security people as I am talking to you.”
The villagers were able to seize 90 motorcycles (Boko Haram fighters’ vehicle of choice), three all-terrain vans and even an armored tank, as well as killing at least 200 of the militants. A relief worker in the area estimated that the number may actually be closer to 250.