N'DJAMENA, Mar 21 : Around 100 bodies were found on Friday in a mass grave on the edge of a town in northeast Nigeria after it was freed from Boko Haram Islamists, a Chadian army spokesman told AFP.
Soldiers discovered the bodies -- some decapitated -- under a bridge just outside Damasak, which was retaken from Boko Haram on March 9 by troops from Chad and Niger.
"There are about 100 bodies spread around under the bridge just outside the town," said Colonel Azem Bermandoa Agouna, adding that he had visited the scene himself close to the border with Niger. He claimed the massacre probably occurred about two months ago and said: "This is the work of Boko Haram."
It was, however, impossible to verify the claim independently.
Colonel Bermandoa Agouna said several of the victims had been decapitated while others had been shot. "There are heads here and bodies there, the mass grave has become like a termite mound," he added. Chad and Niger launched a vast air and ground offensive against Boko Haram in the area on March 8, quickly taking Damasak from the Nigerian Islamist militants.
Meanwhile, Africa's most populous nation, Nigeria, goes to the polls to elect a new president next week after a controversial postponement, with the six-week delay seeing major gains against the Boko Haram jihadists. ?AFP