By Theodore Shoebat
When soldiers arrived at the village of Damasak in Nigeria they did not expect to see what horrors awaited them: a pile of bodies, all victims of a mass execution done by Boko Haram. The soldiers said that the body count was at least 100, but a witness counted 70. Either way, it was a most terrifying sight to behold. According to one report:
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 scattered under a bridge, a 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 was decapitated.
The bodies were partially mummified by the dry desert air, while grass has began to grow around the corpses, 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 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 witness was able to count at least 70.
A trail of blackened blood was visible along the side of the bridge facing the bodies, suggesting they had been thrown off the side after being killed. Among the dead was the Imam of the town.
All but around 50 of the town’s residents had fled by the time Damasak was recaptured. Those who remained were mostly too old or too sick to leave.
“People were in town when they [Boko Haram] attacked, they fired at us, we ran away to the bushes but they continued to fire and chased some people to kill them,” said Damasak resident Mbodou Moussa.