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MAIDUGURI, Nigeria — Abba Kaka has good reason to doubt the government’s claims to success in the battle against one of the world’s deadliest terror groups.
Mr. Kaka narrowly escaped death last week after Boko Haram insurgents raided his village of Duwabayi in the country’s remote northern Borno State. Mr. Kaka, who runs a general store, jumped over his back fence to escape the attackers as they seized food and other supplies.
Duwabayi is one of several Borno State communities where the Islamic State-affiliated militants have stepped up attacks recently after months of relative peace following the Nigerian government’s crackdown on the fighters. Authorities later said that around nine people were killed in the raid.
“As I’m talking to you now, I don’t know the whereabouts of my wife and four children,” Mr. Kaka said, adding that he has yet to return home. “I had to run for my life, leaving my family behind. It’s a terrible thing to do.”
Just two weeks ago, the Nigerian army’s chief of staff, Lt. Gen. Tukur Burutai, insisted “the terrorists have been defeated” and said the army was conducting “mop-up operations aimed at ensuring that we clear the rest of them.” It was the latest proclamation from the government of President Mohammadu Buhari that Boko Haram was on the verge of being wiped out after a concerted, multinational military push.