65 Killed, 10 Injured in Nigeria in Attack by Boko Haram Insurgents
At least 65 people died in an attack by suspected Islamists on a group returning from a funeral in Nigeria’s northeastern Borno region, state television reported on Sunday, one of the deadliest attacks on civilians in recent years.
Muhammed Bulama, a local government chairman, suspected that the attack was in response to the killings of 11 Boko Haram fighters nearly two weeks ago by villagers in the area. “The villagers resisted the [earlier] attack, killed 11 insurgents and recovered 10 AK-47 rifles in the encounter,” Bulama was quoted as saying. “On Saturday at about 11.40 am, the insurgents came on a reprisal mission, attacking mourners at a graveyard in the area.”
Nigerians last week marked the 10-year anniversary of the rise of the Boko Haram insurgency, which has killed more than 30,000 people, displaced millions and created one of the world’s largest humanitarian crises.
The Boko Haram has split into two factions, one that has pledged allegiance to Abubakar Shekau and an group associated with the Islamic State outfit, according to BBC. Boko Haram, which when loosely translated means “Western education is banned” is infamous for kidnapping school children.