More than 60 mourners leaving a funeral in north-east Nigeria, on a group of men who were returning to Badu Kuluwa from nearby Goni Abachari village, have been killed by the militant group Boko Haram, in the weekend.
At least other 11 were injured and later taken to hospital in Maiduguri. Armed men turned up on motorcycles and opened fire. The militants were moving on three motorbikes. The attack on civilians is the deadliest in the region so far this year. It’s supposed the atrocity was in retaliation to an incident when villagers fought off a Boko Haram attack in the area two weeks ago. President Muhammadu Buhari on Sunday condemned the attack.
According to the president, a major exercise has begun to hunt the attackers with air patrols by the nation’s Air Force and ground operations by the army. Buhari’s spokesman, Garba Shehu, said the President had received assurances from the armed forces that the terrorists who committed the killings would pay a “big price” for their action. Boko Haram is a jihadist terrorist organization based in northeastern Nigeria, also active in Chad, Niger and northern Cameroon. Their main goal was to "purify Islam in northern Nigeria". Boko Haram has killed tens of thousands and displaced 2.3 million from their homes.