Militants of Islamic terror group, Boko Haram, have killed 18 women who were mourning at a funeral in Kuda village in Adamawa state, looting food supplies and burning their houses down.
A source, who witnessed the atrocious scene, said that the militants stormed the villages on motorbikes and opened fire on women and children at the funeral.
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While 10 persons sustained injuries after Thursday’s attack, some women are still said to be missing.
Confirming the attack on Friday, Haman Furo, executive secretary of the Adamawa State Emergency Management Agency (ADSEMA), said it took place during a 40-day mourning event for the dead.
“They (Boko Haram) came out raiding for food. Just at the fringe, border, so they raided yesterday in the evening around 7 or so.
“The military would now move into the village, it’s almost at the extreme end of Sambisa forest. The military has gone in to ascertain the level of destruction. Whenever they are through, they let us know.
“It happened when the villagers gathered for a mourning ceremony. They were just mourning; a forty-day prayer. And most of the people affected were women,” he added with no clear figure on number of women killed.
“The People just took the risk of returning on their own, it was a spontaneous return. I don’t think the security eyes were on that village,” he said.
A police spokesman, Othman Abubakar, put the death toll at 18, adding that many more were injured.
His words: “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.”
Reuters confirmed that about 18 bodies were counted three hours after the attack.