At least 150 people were killed in Nigeria after the suspected Boko Haram militants attacked three remote villages located in the Borno State late on Thursay evening. According to the authorities, the militants targeted men and children while they were praying in the mosques. The local police also claimed that the militants shot down large number of innocent women at their homes.
The militants have also set their houses ablaze after the shooting spree.
Thursday’s attack is dubbed as the deadliest one committed by the extremist group Boko Haram ever since the President Muhammadu Buhari came to power in 29May, 2015.
The worst affected village in the attack was Kukawa, where the gunmen killed at least 97 people, claimed one local resident.
“They (militants) wiped out the immediate family of my uncle…They killed his children, about five of them, and set his entire house ablaze,” village resident Kolo said.
The series of brutal attack by the suspected Boko Haram had led to a shock and fear in the locality. According to an eyewitness, the gun-wielding militants numbering more than 50 attacked more than one mosque, killing several men and young boys at the time they were offering evening prayers.
“The terrorists first descended on Muslim worshippers in various mosques who were observing the Maghrib prayer shortly after breaking their fast,” an eyewitness said.
“They…opened fire on the worshippers who were mostly men and young children,” the eyewitness added further.
Apart from attack in Kukawa, the militants struck in two other villages near the town of Monguno, where 48 people were killed and more than 11 were left seriously wounded.
“They selected particular male residents from among the crowd of worshippers…and opened fire on them before setting the two villages on fire and razing them to the ground,” local lawmaker Mohammed Tahir told the press.
All the three places where the deadly attacks took place are located near the Lake Chad, along the territories of Nigeria, Niger, Chad and Cameroon. The area is considered a focal point of the unrest.