65 mourners murdered by Boko Haram terrorists at a funeral in north Nigeria
A terror attack this weekend by Boko Haram Muslim terrorists on a funeral in Nigeria’s north-eastern state of Borno has left at least 65 people dead, almost three times the initial toll.
The terrorists arrived on motorcycles and in vans at the village near the state capital, Maiduguri, on Saturday, eyewitnesses say.
A number of mourners were reportedly killed straight away, while others were killed trying to chase off the terrorists.
Journalists at the scene said they saw burnt-out homes, and relatives collecting the bodies of those who were killed.
Local government official Muhammed Bulama said the attack was in revenge for the elimination of 11 Boko Haram terrorists by the villagers two weeks ago.
Nigeria’s President Muhammadu Buhari condemned the attack and ordered the air force and army to hunt down those who carried it out.
Boko Haram terrorists have murdered around 27,000 people and displaced more than two million others in the last ten years.
The Muslim terror group has splintered between the Boko Haram faction loyal to its longtime leader Abubakar Shekau and the Islamic State West Africa Province (ISWAP), an affiliate of ISIS.