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Nigeria survivors of Boko Haram attack recall 'total terror'
Nigeria survivors of Boko Haram attack recall 'total terror'

The evening was closing in when the first few shots sounded. Men locked up their little shops and ran, looking for safety. Women in the streets quickly finished their conversations, then scurried home and locked their doors. Abubakar Shekau, commander of the militant group Boko Haram, had descended on the northeastern Nigerian city of Gwoza, determined to make it the capital of his own Islamic caliphate. Hauwa Umar's father was one of the first to be shot that evening in August. The 18-year-old cried not just for his death, but also for the dozens of men and boys lying in the red dust, beheaded, their heads plunked roughly on their backs like gruesome trophies. "What I saw...

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