NIGERIA: Suspected Boko Haram Muslim savages massacre more than 30 at a wedding party

boko-haram-logo-lets-gistIslamofascist gunmen have attacked a wedding convoy in Nigeria’s north-eastern state of Borno, killing more than 30 people including the groom in a suspected ambush. The attack happened on the notorious Bama-Banki road when the wedding party was making its way back to the state capital Maiduguri after the ceremony in Michika.

AFP  (h/t Maria) “It was a gory scene,” said a driver, who said he had seen the dead bodies on the highway. The driver, who did not wish to be named, said that many of the victims appeared to have suffered gunshot wounds.

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“All the victims were brutally murdered by the attackers,” he said. “My passengers and I were visibly shocked when we met the dead bodies lying by the highway.” The fate of the bride and her family members was still unknown.

Army and police officials in the area were not immediately available for comment, but a security source who described the incident as “brutal and callous” said the bodies had been transferred to a hospital in Maiduguri.

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Violent attacks are not uncommon in north-eastern Nigeria, where the army launched an offensive in May to end a deadly insurgency by Boko Haram . Boko Haram has said it is fighting to create an Islamic state.

Boko Haram is known to have in the past staged attacks along the Bama-Banki road, a key traffic artery in the region. The Saturday ambush came just over a week after suspected Boko Haram fighters launched a coordinated assault on security forces in nearby Damaturu, the state capital of Yobe.

Thirty-five bodies in military uniform were brought to a morgue following the October 24 attack, a hospital source said. It was the first raid in a major urban centre in several weeks by the group in their four-year Islamist uprising.

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