Monday, November 4, 2013
Nigerian wedding party in BornoState massacred by gunmen
operations against Boko Haram in the
Gunmen in north-eastern Nigeria
have killed more than 30 people in
a attack on a wedding convoy.
It happened on a notoriously
dangerous stretch of road between
Bama and Banki in Borno State, east of
the regional capital Maiduguri.
The groom was reportedly amongst the
The Islamist militant group Boko Haram
has carried out frequent attacks in the
area despite a state of emergency
declared in north-east Nigeria in May.
Thousands of additional troops have
been sent there to fight Boko Haram -
which had been fighting to create an
Islamic state since 2009. However
attacks on civilians have continued.
A week ago dozens of people were
killed during a lengthy gunfight after
suspected militants attacked the town
of Damaturu, burning police and
A motorist who saw the bodies told AFP
news agency that many of the victims
appeared to have suffered gunshot
"All the victims were brutally murdered
by the attackers," said the driver, who
did not wish to be named.
"My passengers and I were shocked
when we met the dead bodies lying by
The fate of the bride and her family
members is unknown.