Boko Haram Attack Leaves 81 Dead
At least 81 people were killed in an attack on a village in northeast Nigeria on the morning of 9 June.
The country’s military spokesperson Sagir Musa said that members of terrorist sleeper cells of both Boko Haram and the Islamic State West Africa Province (ISWAP) are suspected of carrying out the attack.
Army Vows to Track and Destroy Boko Haram/ISWAP Terrorists, Bandits https://t.co/elGzcuJc0H pic.twitter.com/AZmE5j7m06— SIGNAL (@thesignalng) June 11, 2020
According to CNN, the attackers were disguised as Islamic teachers, although they arrived in armored tanks and trucks. They gathered the residents and convinced them to give up any weapons before delivering a religious sermon, and then the shooting began.
Seven people were taken from the Faduma Kolomdi village, located in the northeastern Nigerian state of Borno, including a village leader, women, and children. The attackers also took hundreds of cattle and camels.
Reuters reported that the attack was retaliatory, as the militants suspected the residents of feeding authorities information on Boko Haram’s movements.
Since 2009, Boko Haram has killed more than 30,000 people, and their terrorist activities have displaced more than 3 million.