Boko Haram terrorists have reportedly slaughtered their
wives ahead of a battle with troops in Gwoza, Borno
Following the imminent of a fierce battle with troops in
Gwoza, Borno state, Boko Haram terrorists have
reportedly slaughtered their wives to avoid them being
in the hands of other men whom they believe are
“unbelievers,” multiple witnesses said.
The insurgents, who fled Bama for Gwoza, the last of
the territories under them, quickly slaughtered dozens
of Nigerian women, their wives, before the fight.
Five witnesses who recounted the massacres to AFP
said the Islamist militants feared they would be killed
by advancing soldiers or separated from their wives
when they fled the town.
They killed the women to prevent them from
subsequently marrying soldiers or other so-called non-
“The terrorists said they will not allow their wives to be
married to infidels, ” said Sharifatu Bakura, 39, a mother
Nigeria’s military along with forces from neighbouring
Cameroon, Chad and Niger have claimed huge victories
over the insurgents in recent weeks but defenceless
civilians still face serious threats.
Witnesses who were taken under military protection
this week to Borno’s capital, Maiduguri, said the killing
of women began 10 days before Bama was liberated.
The Islamists said “if they kill their wives, they would
remain pious until both of them meet again in heaven,
where they would re-unite “, said Salma Mahmud,
Nigeria’s national security spokesman, Mike Omeri, told
AFP he would try to verify the reports while the military
could not immediately be reached for comment.
With Boko Haram gunmen facing heavy military
pressure across northeast, attacks, including suicide
bombings, have persisted.
However, amid the violence, the government still
assures voters that March 28 elections will be secure.