Boko Haram is at it again. This time killing nearly 200 people in 48 hours of violence in north eastern Nigeria on Friday and beheading 11 of its own members as told by witnesses. The attacks were staged out from Wednesday in Borno villages as Ramadan worshippers, women and men were killed in mosques and in their homes. Men were dragged from their homes in the middle of the night and killed. Boko Haram is known for using both men and women as hostages or suicide bombers.
The 11 former members were executed because they wanted to repent and had attempted to leave the Islamic group Boko Haram to surrender themselves to government as told by witness Mahmud Babagana, who witnessed the killings. He said,”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.” As for the Borno village, this was the fourth time they had witnessed Boko Haram attacks as of late but fortunately there were survivors who lived to tell the tale after the devastating massacres in the villages where houses were also burnt down.
Another, Baana Kole, told AFP about his ordeal where he, along with the others, had managed to escape and came back the following day to bury the dead after sleeping and hiding in the bushes. He added,”Some residents who hid in the trees saw them planting the mines and alerted us when we returned to the village and started burying our dead,” he said.
Meanwhile a young woman blew herself up in a mosque and killed 12 worshippers. This rampage started in 2009, where more than 10 000 people were killed in northeastern Nigeria using raids, suicide bombers and explosions. Neighboring countries have tried to help in stopping the violence but always fell short. Meanwhile countries like Chad, Cameroon, Niger, Nigeria and Benin are to deploy about 8,700 troops at the end of the month to stop the terrorist’s attempt to secure the permanent existence of an Islamic state.