In a recent terrorist attack by militant Islamic group Boko Haram, at least 18 civilians were shot dead with ten others severely injured. The attack occurred during a raid on Nigeria’s northeastern town of Kuda, which is located in Adamawa state. Grueling reports by the BBC reveal how the militants on motorbikes opened fire on innocent women and children during a funeral ceremony.
While the Guardian puts the death toll at 24, police spokesman Othman Abubakar has only confirmed 18 deaths, adding that residents in the area are currently living in fear and insecurity. “Our people who fled their homes to escape Boko Haram attacks have been returning because they can’t live in the camps. But now they are facing threats from Boko Haram who launch nocturnal attacks,” he told the Guardian.
This is just the latest attack to hit Adamawa state since Nigerian police regained control there in January 2015. Last December, two female suicide bombers blew themselves up at Madagali a few days after Nigeria’s president, Muhammadu Buhari boasted that “the Islamists were ‘technically’ defeated.” Less than two weeks later, a second attack hit Madagali in January this year.
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Since 2009, Boko Haram has become a major security issue for Nigeria, West Africa, and the world at-large, especially after the militant group announced its allegiance to Islamic State in March 2015.