65 Killed in Nigerian Attack

By Chuma Kisu

Boko Haram attacked a group attending a funeral in northern Nigeria on July 27.

Terrorist group Boko Haram attacked a group attending a funeral in northern Nigeria on July 27, leaving 65 dead.

According to international reports at least 65 people are dead following a suspected attack by Boko Haram on a funeral gathering in northeastern Nigeria.

The attack occurred Saturday, July 27, 2019 during a burial in the Nganzai district, near the Borno state capital, Maiduguri, local government chairman Muhammed Bulama said.

Twenty-one people were initially killed during the burial ceremony, Bulama said. An additional 44 people were killed when villagers ran after the assailants, the official said.

At least 10 people were injured in the attack. Eight of them were critically wounded and were being treated at an area hospital, he said.

Boko Haram members have inhabited the northern states of Nigeria for the past decade. The  group says its aim is to impose a stricter enforcement of Sharia law across Africa’s most populous nation, which is split between a majority Muslim north and a mostly Christian south.

The group has bombed churches and mosques; kidnapped women and children; and assassinated politicians and religious leaders.

According to reports, villagers were walking home from a funeral in northeast Nigeria when gunmen on motorbikes surrounded them in a graveyard and opened fire.

According to news reports in January 2019 the escalating violence forced 30,000 Nigerians to flee the country over a two day period.

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