Boko Haram’s latest Assault on the village of Molai, on the outskirts of Maiduguri, shows that the terrorist group’s efforts in Nigeria continue to be successful — and there seems to be no end to their horrific actions. On Sunday, the 16th of December, dozens of villages were forced to flee their homes as the terrorist group ripped through the village shooting sporadically and setting houses ablaze — which by now should not be uncommon for northern Nigeria. Dozens of residents looked for safety and refuge at in a village some 3 km away from the attacked village.

“Many are currently fleeing for their lives,” a resident said. “A village is under attack as I am speaking to you and the smoke can be seen from Molai.”

There are reports that suggest the city of Maiduguri, the capital of Borno state, was under attack also — once again proving BH’s strengths and capabilities within the region. Boko Haram has released pictures from videos showing their latest victory over the Nigerian armed forces. Striking fear into the population and lowering the morale of the armed forces.

Boko Haram in northern Nigeria has shown tremendous ability to be able to operate freely and relatively unhindered by the Nigerian armed forces. In terms of terrorist group activity in Africa, Boko Haram is unmatched in their ability to strike their foe. Whilst some will interpret this latest assault as a mere skirmish, we must not underestimate the significance of these smaller attacks. The fact that Boko Haram can indeed carry out these attacks on civilians when they wish and however they please should send major alarm bells to the West, the UN, Nigeria, and its neighbours.