0344 GMT February 20, 2020
Ten years after the group’s founder, Mohammed Yusuf, was murdered in police custody after a crackdown on his followers, Boko Haram’s factions are continuing to wage a bloody insurgency against the Nigerian security forces and civilians, defying government attempts to destroy the group, theguardian.com reported.
In the latest attack, a number of men were walking back to their village after the funeral prayers for a relative when armed men turned up on motorcycles and opened fire, said the head of the Borno Hunters Association, Bunu Bukar. The village is to the north of Maiduguri, Borno’s state capital, in the area of Nganzai.
“Our men recovered 23 dead bodies from the scene of the attack,” Bukar said. At least 11 injured people were later taken to hospital in Maiduguri.
One of these was Maina Abdullahi, a 29-year-old father of two. He was at home cutting the grass when he saw people running, shouting that Boko Haram terrorists had attacked and killed people from their village. He immediately tried to get his wife and children out, but as they fled they saw dead bodies. Worrying that terrorists were nearby, Abdullahi told his wife to go on while he fled in a different direction.
“I ran into the fight between our people and the Boko Harams who shot at everything they came across,” he said. “I was shot at the left side of my shoulder but I continued to crawl until I found help.”
Masta Ajimi was on his way to the market when he heard that his father, uncle and two of his cousins had been killed in the attack. In shock, he immediately joined the vigilantes and chased after the terrorists, shooting at them, but the terrorists with their superior weapons overpowered and killed many of the villagers.
“I was shot on my right arm and I jumped off the vehicle, rolled over and pulled a dead body over me, as a shield,” he said. “Luckily, they [Boko Haram] began to chase and shot at those running to escape and their attention became diverted. I lost a lot of blood and passed out until [when I woke up] I found myself in the hospital.”
The attack had its roots in an incident several weeks before: The chairman of the local council, Muhammad Bulama, said it was a “reprisal mission” for an attack Boko Haram had unsuccessfully attempted on the village of Badu Aduwawu.