Boko Haram leader, Abubakar Shekau(centre) flanked by three terrorists on either side

by Aminu Abubakar
12 August, 2014

Suspected Islamist extremists have
stormed a mosque and shot dead 44
worshippers as well as 12 other people in a nearby village in Nigeria’s restive
northeast, officials said on Monday. The attacks at the weekend were believed to be in revenge over citizen vigilante groups forming to help the military battle Islamist extremist group Boko Haram, which has been waging an
insurgency since 2009.

“Gunmen believed to be Boko Haram
members entered the mosque and
opened fire on Muslim worshippers,
killing 44,” a senior government official
said on condition of anonymity because
he was not authorised to speak publicly of the attack in Konduga on Sunday. “We believe the attack was not unconnected with the cooperation residents are giving to security operatives in identifying and arresting Boko Haram
members in their midst.”

A local official said suspected Boko
Haram members also raided Ngom village in the nearby Mafa district and shot dead 12 people on Saturday night. “Boko Haram members came into Ngom
village … and shot dead 12 people on
Saturday night,” the official said, also on
condition of anonymity. He said they were shot at their homes.

Some residents spoke of the attackers in
Konduga arriving wearing army
camouflage, a tactic they have used in the past to disguise themselves, though those details had not been officially confirmed.

The violence came as Nigeria’s military
pursues an offensive in the country’s
northeast aimed at ending the
insurgency, with a state of emergency
declared in the region in May.

In recent weeks, the military has encouraged the formation of vigilante groups to help authorities locate and arrest members of Boko Haram. The vigilante groups have been credited
with reducing the number of attacks, but some have warned that the situation could spiral out of control and lead to further violence.

Boko Haram’s insurgency has left at least 3,600 people dead since 2009, including killings by the security forces, who have been accused of major abuses.
The military has claimed major successes with its offensive, but its version of events is difficult to verify with authorities having cut phone lines in many areas and access to remote
locations restricted. While the number of attacks appears to have declined, violence has nonetheless continued, including three recent deadly school attacks.

In a video obtained by AFP on Monday,
Boko Haram leader Abubakar Shekau
claimed a series of recent deadly attacks
on security forces in the northeast and
insisted that he was in “good health”
despite the offensive.

The video contained what Shekau claimed was footage of Boko Haram gunmen opening fire on the military in the town of Bama, using heavy weapons mounted on flat-bed trucks. Shekau also referred to fighting in the towns Baga and Gamboru Ngala near the border with Cameroon.

The Boko Haram leader has been declared a global terrorist by the United States,which in March put a $7 million (5.3million euros) bounty on his head.

“I’m challenging Obama,” Shekau said in
the video. He voiced similar challenges to French President Francois Hollande and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin
Netanyahu. “They are no match for me,” he proclaimed.

Boko Haram has claimed to be fighting
for the creation of an Islamic state in
Africa’s most populous nation and largest oil producer, though it is believed to have various factions with differing aims.

Nigeria’s 160 million population is
roughly divided between a mainly Muslim north and predominately Christian south.


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  1. camouflage1984 says:


  2. Blackrev says:

    This is too much casualty in one day. May their souls RIP

  3. Blackrev says:

    This is too much casualty in one day. May their souls RIP.
    Untin FG grows some ball and orders the arrest of the political figures sponsoring this group, we are in for a long run. Don’t tell me they don’t know them.

  4. Cryptologist says:

    The government is taking this insurgency with leivity. The Nigerian security forces are doing their best but the government is foot-dragging on its political will to go after the known nigerian sponsors e.g Lt. Gen. Aliyu Gusau(rtd) and his cohorts. The other day, an impostor said shekau have being deposed and shot but i said it was all balderdash and we should be seeing a video from shekau soon. That reconciliation or amnesty committee should be disbanded forthwith. Cross-border raids is sacrosant

  5. Obix says:

    Oga Beag! I’ve been thinking of something lately. I think it would be wise for the picture of these murderers not to appear on the top of the thread on the BEAGEAGLE blog. Such pictures , like the one above makes them look invinsible and great….. Right now i’m looking at the picture above of terrorists standing proudly and at the same i’m imaginig the heartbreak of the victims’ families. Beags, i think it’s not right to give these murderers such an “honour”. They love it. Just like heroes would like to be on the front pages. It is my opinion that their pictures should only appear with the marks “wanted” and the amount of bounty placed on thier heads. We have enough pictures to show of the brave men and women fighting this insurgency. If you all can remember, during the N. Ireland crisis, the then prime minister Margaret Thatcher placed a media (voice) broadcast ban on Gerry Adams and others, the reason given being to “starve the terrorist and the hijacker of the oxygen of publicity on which they depend” . Gerry Adam’s voice was never heard,the media had actors read the words of Gerry Adams as he spoke. Although this is the internet age and people can get access to whatever they want on the web, we don’t have to give them the red carpet! Nigerians should not walk on the streets and see pictures of the “proud” terrorists on the front pages of newspapers.

  6. makanaky says:

    Hey may the souls of the dead rest in peace but my question remains why is that our security forces are not laying ambush on those border towns for infilterators.
    Our approach in tackling this menance must be dynamic and unconventional.
    I hold the government responsible for all this, no notable figure has been prosecuted yet we talking of amnesty for murderers of peace loving Nigerians.

    • peccavi says:

      Oga that border is fucking massive.
      Unless we follow the Moroccans and build a massive wall with forts its impossible.

      However I still strongly advocate the use of natives incorporated into the forcs particularly trackers and specialised border units consisting of foot, mechanised and mounted patrols used to defend the borders

  7. jimmy says:

    This is very regrettable, May the souls of our brethren who died while praying rest in peace.
    I am going to go against conventional thinking and say a couple of things. I.M.H.O. The F.G.. is not at this stage treating this insurgency with LEVITY. The best reasons are (A) the amount of personnel being deployed, (B) The amount of money being spent,(C) The results that have been produced.
    I expected and a lot of us bloggers have alluded to the fact that soft targets will be attacked.
    Any fool can make a video , this is war, this in itself should not be disheartening, we have talked about the need to win the hearts and minds of the people especially at the border towns.
    This is very, very , important the next HIGH LEVEL press briefing regardless of what is going on should be held outside a mosque because of the symbolism attached to it .
    This as I have repeatedly said is not a religious war, a poverty war, but a struggle to establish a state within a state.
    This is F.G needs to get very serious about the capture/ elimination of shekau. The denials will come quick fast and in a hurry from boko haram that they did not do this dastardly deed. The F.G. needs to be very proactive at times of this situation it should be treated with sensitivity and also a firmness of hand.

  8. freegulf says:

    where are the LUH for army aviation corp? mobility, aggressive patrol, comms intercept, and the cooperation of the natives are needed in order to successfully advert tragedies like these.
    the body count is just too high and simply unacceptable, be it Christians or Moslems, BH shouldn’t be given these opportunities to carry out their retarded acts.

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