30 Killed in Recent Attack by Suspected Boko Haram Militants

02/11/2020 Nigeria (International Christian Concern) – At least 30 people, including a pregnant woman, were killed by suspected Boko Haram militants on Sunday night in Auno town, Borno state. The attack took place around 10 PM, when the terrorists entered the town and set fire to dozens of vehicles and sleeping people. Many of these vehicles and people seemed to be travelling to the state capital, Maiduguri, bringing supplies and food for the market. They had stopped about 20 km away in Auno town for the night as it is unsafe to travel in Northern Nigeria at night.

Pictures from the scene show fires till burning the next morning. Locals said that they found many of the bodies lying on the ground next to their vehicles.

Though Boko haram has yet to claim responsibility for this attack, it is likely them. They have used similar methods in the past to ensure that areas stay destabilized. They often also steal food and supplies before they burn them, so that they can have what they need to continue their insurgency. It is unclear why this town was specifically targeted for this attack. There have also been no demographics released on those killed during this incident. It is likely that the majority of those killed in this attack were Muslims, as Borno State has a vast majority of Muslims. This tragedy is felt by all who have suffered at the hands of these hate filled terrorists, whose desire is to see their own people die. We must stand with those who suffer at the hands of this hateful group, who has inflicted countless wounds on our own brothers and sisters in Christ. Please be praying for the safety of those living in Nigeria, who may come into contact with Boko Haram. Pray for Boko Haram members to have their hearts changed as Paul the apostle had his heart changed.

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