Boko Haram Kills 20 Worshippers In Yobe Mosque, Abducts Three In Cameroon
Suspected insurgents of the Islamist sect, Boko Haram, brutally disrupted yesterday’s early morning prayers (Zuhr) at Buni Gari village in Yobe State, killing at least 20 worshippers.
The worshippers were just gathering for the prayer, the first of the five daily by Muslims, when the gun wielding insurgents opened fire, eye witness Musa Ibrahim said.
Buni Gari is about 100 kilometers south of Damaturu, the state capital.
Mosques have frequently been targeted by militants who threaten Muslim clerics who preach against their extremist doctrine.
More than 1,200 civilians have been killed this year amid more frequent and deadlier attacks by the sect.
And overnight, gunmen suspected to be Boko Haram members swept across the border into northern Cameroun and abducted two Italian priests and a Canadian nun in Maroua.
Italy’s foreign ministry said yesterday that two Italian priests and a Canadian nun were kidnapped overnight by gunmen suspected to be Boko Haram members in northern Cameroun.
The attack occurred in Maroua, close to the border with Nigeria, according to Italy’s Ansa news agency.
The Islamist sect, Boko Haram, freely operates across Nigeria’s Northeast and Cameroun’s Northwest.
The Italian foreign ministry said that two priests from Italy’s northern Vicenza region had been seized, but gave no other details.
Armed gunmen pulled up to the buildings where the priests and the nun were staying around 2am and ransacked them before taking the hostages, added the Ansa news agency.
The attack comes three months after the release of French priest Georges Vandenbeusch, who was kidnapped in the same region in mid-November 2013 and then held in Nigeria by Boko Haram.
One of the two priests taken on Friday night had been in Cameroun for more than six years while the second had arrived around a year ago, Ansa reported.
Authorities in Vincenza, where the priests were from, were not immediately available for comment.
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