65 people have lost their lives on Saturday after suspected Boko Haram militants opened fire on a funeral in Borno North-eastern state in Nigeria
Eye witness said the Gunmen arrived on motorcycles and in vans at the village near the state capital, Maiduguri, and opened fire. A number of mourners were reportedly killed straight away, while others died trying to chase off the attackers.
Local government official Muhammed Bulama said he thought the latest attack was in revenge for the killing of 11 Boko Haram fighters by the villagers two weeks ago.
Tens of thousands of civilians have been killed and more than two million displaced over the past decade of conflict.
Boko Haram, loosely translated, means “Western education is banned” and promotes a version of Islam that forbids Muslims to take part in any political or social activity associated with the West. The group is fighting to overthrow the government and create an Islamic state.
It has been active not only in Nigeria, but also in the neighboring countries of Chad, Niger and Cameroon. There has been an increase in Islamist attacks across the region.