Militants of the terrorist group Boko Haram, which still held captive to 219 girls abducted last April, have killed at least 45 people in the city of Maiduguri in northeast Nigeria. Neighbors said that the attackers, who appeared to be preachers, opened fire on the crowd.
The local media, as the Nigerian newspaper The Premium Times report that fatalities are at least 200 people, and that the attacks have spread to several locations, all in the region of Gwoza. Residents were attacked by terrorists wearing military clothes, government sources and neighbors to the Nigerian environment.
“When the attackers came, many residents felt they were really military. It did not cross my mind that they were Boko Haram. In the villages there are 200 bodies still buried,” said Ibrahim Ngalamuda, a neighbor of Gwoza.
The brother of one of the victims of the attack on Monday reported that the alleged ten military soldiers arrived in cars. ” They said, ‘ We are soldiers and we’re here to protect ‘ Then they asked us to gather in the center of town for meeting, and when we gathered they started shooting.” he told the Times Premium.
In recent weeks Boko Haram has attacked several Nigerian populations. In the attack last May 29, 35 people were killed. The terrorist group kidnapped on 15 April to two hundred girls in a school. Four escaped on 28 May, but 219 students are captive.
Nigeria is Africa’s biggest oil producer and, according to the World Bank, two-thirds of its 170 million inhabitants fight against extreme poverty. Since 2009 the police killed the founder of Boko Haram, Mohammed Yusuf, his followers have waged a bloody campaign that, to date, has more than 4,000 dead. Their goal is to impose an Islamic state in Nigeria, in the predominantly Christian south and mainly Muslim north.