Over 100 people were slaughtered during a gruesome attack on Thursday night. The attack occurred in a northeastern Nigerian village and was carried out by Boko Haram rebels, according to local reports. A local resident from the Kukawa, identified as “Kolo,” stated the initial body count was 97, but authorities have yet to give a confirmed death count.
One witness, a fisherman in the area, told reporters his account of the attack, which led to the gruesome killings of over 100 people. “They wiped out the immediate family of my uncle,” said Kolo. “They killed his children, about five of them, and set his entire house ablaze,” the AFP reported.
Initial reports from locals stated around 50 armed Boko Haram militants raided the small African village on Wednesday evening. Rebels stormed mosques and other buildings in the area, shooting into crowds and beating people down in the streets.
One man who was interviewed said, “They spared nobody.” Other reports state the militants proceeded to set dead bodies on fire, and opened fire on women cooking family meals in their homes. Many children were in the mosque when the rebels attacked.
By Alex Lemieux
Yahoo! News: Around 100 killed in ‘Boko Haram’ attack in NE Nigeria: witnesses
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