A week ago, some communities confronted the Boko Haram insurgent group, killed 11 of them and also seized several rifles. Over the weekend, the terrorists launched a reprisal attack and killed no less than 65 people.
Those that were killed were returning from a funeral procession in a village in Nganzai Local Government Area of Borno State.
The casualty figure was given yesterday by the Chairman of Nganzai LGA, Mohammed Bulama, while briefing Governor Babagana Zulum, who was on a condolence visit to Gajiram, the headquarters of the local government.
Dozens of people are still missing after the attack which left many locals with life threatening injuries.
Earlier in Gajiram, Governor Zulum reaffirmed his commitment to supporting security agencies to protect lives and property in the state. He said that the state government would not rest until peace was restored to the state. While condemning the attack, Zulum called on the people and encouraged them to be vigilant and cooperate with security agencies in their communities.
The governor also visited Specialist Hospital Maiduguri and sympathized with persons who sustained injuries in the attack. Security and vigilante sources said that the attackers, suspected to be Boko Haram terrorists, ambushed the mourners and left many of them dead.
A security source said the attack was launched by fighters of factional Islamic State of West Africa Province (ISWAP) who operate along the shores of Lake Chad.
“The attack was a retaliatory mission in the aftermath of the killing of 11 ISWAP members by local hunters,” the source said.