A Nigerian police official has reported that Islamic extremists, Boko Haram have killed 18 people at a funeral in northern Nigeria.
The incident happened around 5pm (GMT +1) on Thursday in the Madagali area of Adamawa state in northern Nigeria. The victims were said to be mourning at a funeral when some Boko Haram insurgents rode in on a bike and shot at the mourners.
The terrorists shot at random, setting houses on fire and leaving several injured and 18 dead. The death toll is likely to rise, according to Police spokesperson Othman Abubakar.
ISIS-linked Boko Haram have killed nearly 20,000 people since the insurgency began in 2009. Millions have also been internally displaced and have found shelter in IDP camps.
State lawmaker Emmanuel Tsamdu told Reuters: “I am yet to get the details on how it happened and the real number of people killed. I have sent hunters to go to the area and get me the details because people are afraid to go to the village.”
On the same day, suspected Boko Haram insurgents attacked the country of Niger, killing seven Nigerien police men and wounding at least twelve.
This took place in the Diffa region, a place with refugee camps as well as camps for internally displaced persons.
Chad already sent troops to help Niger in the fight against Boko Haram insurgents.
Boko Haram which began in Nigeria have stepped u their cross-border attacks. This led the countries of Nigeria, Chad, Benin, Cameroon to join forces in tackling the terrorists.
The recent attacks carried out by Boko Haram has caused many to maintain their stand on the criticism of president Buhari’s statement on the defeat of Boko Haram.
Many insist that the president is unaware of the plight of the victims of these extremists. They claim that although they no longer carry out mass attacks like the Nigerian government said, the ‘few’ lives being lost are significant as well.