By Derrick Kiplagat
Just two days after the Nigeria-based Islamist militia group stormed three different villages in Northeastern Nigeria leaving at least 150 dead, the group on Friday beheaded 11 of its own fighters in the Northeastern region of the West African country, a witness has said.
The execution stood as a punishment to the 11 members who allegedly left a Boko Haram camp in Sambisa Forest and wanted to surrender to the government, the witness Mahmud Babagana, a member of the National Union of Road Transport workers said.
“The truth is that many of these guys are tired of killing and are beginning to repent. But Boko Haram won’t let them do that” he said. The execution took place in Miringa village in Borno state. Bukar Baba Ibrahim is a victim of the Kukawa Village massacre where people were slaughtered in mosques and their homes. Ibrahim said he had lost three children, his father, six of his siblings and his uncle in the attack.
“Being alive does not have any meaning to me now. I have lost all my people and I am all alone, no relatives, no house, because they burned our house with my people inside it. It would have been better if I had not survived,” he said.
European Union Foreign Policy chief Federica Mogherini condemned the killings and expressed confidence that “the Nigerian authorities will continue to fight terrorism with the utmost determination and urgency, respecting the rules of engagement.”
Meanwhile, a day earlier, two female suicide bombers killed 11 people on a roadside in Borno state, according to Nigerian media reports.
Earlier this week, a government official said 47 former Boko Haram members had joined a new program allowing former terrorists to become reintegrated into society. Since 2009, Boko Haram has killed more than 10,000 people in Northern Nigeria in its bid to establish an Islamist state.