Dozens of mourners ‘killed by Boko Haram’ at a funeral in north Nigeria

Dozens of mourners ‘killed by Boko Haram’ at a funeral in north Nigeria

Smouldering ashes and charred items on the ground in Budu, near Maiduguri, after the attack by suspected Boko Haram fighterss on 28 July 2019Image copyrightAFP
Image captionAFP journalists saw charred items and smouldering ashes after the attack

At least 65 people have lost their lives after suspected Boko Haram militants opened fire on a funeral in Nigeria’s north-eastern state of Borno.

Gunmen arrived on motorcycles and in vans at the village near the state capital, Maiduguri, on Saturday, eyewitnesses say.

A number of mourners were reportedly killed straight away, while others died trying to chase off the attackers.

There has been an increase in Islamist attacks across the region.

Local government official Muhammed Bulama said he thought the latest attack was in revenge for the killing of 11 Boko Haram fighters by the villagers two weeks ago.

Agence France Presse journalists at the scene said they saw burnt-out homes, and relatives collecting the bodies of those who were killed.

Nigeria’s President Muhammadu Buhari condemned the attack, and ordered the air force and army to hunt down those who carried it out, Reuters reports.

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