Around 150 people have been killed in a Boko Haram attack in Nigeria’s north-eastern Borno State on Tuesday June 30 and Wednesday July 1, 2015. News of the attack was slow to reach media due to communications issues in the area taking about 48 hours for the news to reach the major city in Borno State, Maiduguri.
A resident of Monguno, an area recently recaptured from Boko Haram, told the BBC that the militants had shot dead 48 men when they were leaving their evening prayers in two towns near Monguno. The women were said to be spared. “Many died, some escaped. They then set the village on fire. I saw five victims with bullet wounds who managed to escape. They were brought to [Monguno] on wheelbarrows, before they were transferred to vehicles that took them to hospital.”
A day later, on Wednesday evening, 97 people were killed after gunmen stormed the village of Kukawa near Lake Chad. Women and children were also killed in attack. An eyewitness to the attack, Babami Alhaji Kolo, told the AFP news agency that “the terrorists first descended on Muslim worshippers in various mosques who were observing the Mahgrib prayer shortly after breaking their fast”.