Boko Haram slaughters nearly 150 Muslims in Nigeria

Boko Haram militants slaughtered almost 150 Nigerian Muslims in Borno, Nigeria after raiding into villages

Photo by: AFP
Photo by: AFP

Updated Jul 28, 2015

About 150 Nigerian Muslims in Northeastern Nigeria were slaughtered by Boko Haram militants who raided into three villages shooting people while they were praying in mosques, according to witnesses.

The incident took place on Wednesday night in the northeastern Nigerian state of Borno as people were praying in mosques ahead of breaking their fasts when Boko Haram militants attacked and killed men and children in the mosques and shot women who were preparing food at their homes.

A local resident named Kolo told AFP that he counted at least 97 bodies in Kukawa, the village that suffered the most from the attacks.

"They wiped out the immediate family of my uncle... They killed his children, about five of them," he said.

Another witness in Kukawa, Babami Alhaji Kolo, said dozens of Boko Haram militants stormed the village.

"The terrorists first descended on Muslim worshippers in various mosques who were observing the Maghrib prayer shortly after breaking their fast," Kolo said.

"They spared nobody. In fact, while some of the terrorists waited and set most of the corpses on fire, others proceeded to houses and shot indiscriminately at women who were preparing food," he added.

A senior Nigerian military official verified the attack, while he was unable to give further details about the incident.

Boko Haram has been fighting a six-year insurgency in a bid to establish a state of its own in northern Nigeria and in the process has killed thousands of people, causing about 1.5 million to flee their homes.

The group captured a number of towns and villages in Northeast Nigeria last year, but has been pushed back by a four-nation military offensive conducted by Nigeria, Niger,Cameroon and Chad in February.

Still, Boko Haram continues their attacks, choosing markets and mosques as targets.

Boko Haram has sworn allegiance to ISIS, earlier this year.


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