Sixty-five people perished in an attack on a funeral procession in northeast Nigeria Saturday. While no one has claimed responsibility, authorities believe the attacks fit the pattern of Boko Haram.
According to CNN, 21 people perished in the initial attack and another 44 died pursuing the attackers. Ten more people were injured in the attack and are being treated at local medical facilities.
Nigerian state media did not identify Boko Haram as the attackers, but carried a strong message from President Muhammadu Buhari. Through a spokesman, he said, “The Federal Government is firmly and resolutely committed to taking necessary measures to safeguard the nation’s security.” He also added, “This administration is determined to end the menace of terrorism.”
Boko Haram has been responsible for violence and bloodshed in Nigeria for the last decade. In their attempt to enforce Sharia law in Nigeria, they have bombed houses of worship, killed religious leaders, kidnapped women and children, and assassinated women and children.