Boko Haram killed 11 of its former members on Friday in Miringa village, in Nigeria’s northeastern Borno state for attempting to defect from the militant group, reported two local sources.
“Eleven Boko Haram members who ran to their relatives in Miringa village were killed today. They were slaughtered in the presence of their family members with a warning by Boko Haram militants that similar treatment awaits other ‘traitors,’ “ a local resident, Hassan Baba told Anadolu agency.
“They came around 4 am today (Friday) and slit the throats of 11 of their runaway members,” Abba Modu, a member of the youth vigilante groups, told ThisDay Newspaper in Maiduguri.
Modu said that everyone in the village knew that the men who recently came back to settle among them were Boko Haram because they had left long ago and the villagers had known they were not safe by their sudden return.
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 and caused about 1.5 million to flee their homes.
The militant group pledged its allegiance to ISIS in March.