By Derrick Kiplagat
Nearly 150 people have lost their lives in Northeastern Nigeria. The attackers suspected to be Boko Haram militants killed men and children who held prayers at the mosques and gunned down women at home doing house hold chores.
Scores of militants stormed three villages in Borno state on Wednesday evening, slaughtering residents and setting houses ablaze in the worst attack by the outlawed group since President Muhammadu Buhari came into power two months ago.
A resident who survived the attack told AFP that the gunmen killed at least 97 people in Kukawa village which was the most affected of the three. “They wiped out the immediate family of my uncle. They killed his children, about five of them, and set his house ablaze,” the resident identified as Kolo told AFP. Another witness, a fisherman, who witnessed the attack, corroborated the attack.
A different witness in Kukawa identified as Bahami Alhaji, who fled to the state capital Maiduguri said more than 50 militants had stormed the village. “The terrorists first descended on Muslim worshipers in various Mosques who were observing the Maghrib prayers shortly after breaking their fast,” he said.
“They opened fire on the worshipers who were mostly men and young children. They spared nobody. In fact, while most of the terrorists waited and set most of the corpses on fire, other proceeded to houses and shot indiscriminately at women who were preparing food,” he added.
Meanwhile, in the other two villages, close to Mguno town, gunmen killed 48 people and injured 11 others a local identified as Mohammed Tahir told AFP. “They selected particular male residents from among the crowd of worshipers and opened fire on them before setting the two villages on fire and razing them to the ground,” Tahir said.
Another witness who also managed to escape unharmed shared his account. He said the militants arrived in vans and motorcycles. “They killed 48 people and injured several others but many managed to escape amid volleys of bullets,” said the resident.