Families from Gwoza, Borno State, displaced by the violence and unrest caused by the insurgency, are pictured at a refugee camp in Mararaba Madagali, Adamawa State

Residents of the Nigerian town of Gwoza said they had to flee the area because Boko Haram militants killed dozens of locals on Wednesday. According to  reports, dozens of people who did not flee in time were killed.

“Dozens of our people have been killed by the attackers, some were slaughtered and many others shot with guns,” said resident James Mshelia to AFP.

This isn’t the first time Boko Haram attacked Gwoza. The town’s emir was killed by the extremists in May. On Wednesday, his son and successor, Mohammad Idrissa Timta, was said to be missing.

“From all indications, our emir is also missing because we don’t know his whereabouts,” said Halima Jatau, a resident fleeing Gwoza, to AFP.

Boko Haram has been blamed for killing over 10,000 people  since the start of its militant Islamist offensive in 2009.

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  • First, I send my condolences to the victims’ families.

    Boko Haram is a vicious group that has no moral standards at all. They should be defeated. The Nigerian government should treat this situation as an emergency. Also, we have to address the social, political, and economic issues in Nigeria too. Christians, Muslims, and amnists in Nigeria should unite more in not only defeating Boko Haram, but having more tolerance for real other as Brothers and Sisters. Religious extremism and neoliberalism are total scourges. Economic inequality must be addressed in Nigeria and grassroots efforts in Nigeria fighting for political solutions ought to be supported too.

  • GeekMommaRants

    Religion ruins everything.

  • Jay

    This is so disturbing to me. Just because Boko Haram isn’t killing white people their crimes and evil get ignored. I’m still wondering what’s going on with the fight to #Bring BackOurGirls. Where are the girls? Will they ever bee seen again? What’s going on with the Nigerian government? I’m not advocating for the US to take over Nigeria and push aside the government, that’s not my position at all. I just want the Nigerian people to be alright. This is so disturbing and sad…

  • Dede

    Who’s really funding this group? Something is fishy. There’s a lot of oil in Nigeria. Boko Haram, Ebola…hummm