More than 60 people were killed when armed men attacked a funeral procession Saturday in northeast Nigeria, according to Nigerian state media. The country’s president has vowed to hunt down the perpetrators, widely suspected to be Boko Haram militants.
The jihadist group has been waging an insurgency in Nigeria and surrounding West African countries for a decade, killing tens of thousands of people and displacing about 2.4 million others.
The chairman of the local government council, Muhammad Bulama, told the state news agency that insurgents had recently attacked this same community, Badu village, but the residents effectively fought back.
“The villagers resisted the attack, killed 11 insurgents and recovered 10 AK-47 rifles in the encounter,” Bulama said.
Saturday’s attack appears to have been a reprisal, he added.
“On Saturday at about 11:40 a.m., the insurgents came on a reprisal mission, attacked mourners at a graveyard, killed over 60 persons and injuring 11 others,” Bulama told the state news agency. (NPR)