Even with the unrelenting airstrikes in Sambisa Forest by the Nigerian airforce, it has been gathered that Boko Haram terrorists still observed Eid-el-Fitr in various locations of Sambisa forest.
This report was confirmed by Nigerian journalist, Salkida, who shared screenshots of the video compilation. His tweet reads;
“#BokoHaram observed #EidPrayers despite unrelenting airstrike’s by the #NigerianAirforce. A video released moments ago by the #AbubakarShekau led group shows hundreds of fighters and villagers praying in an open field, apparently between the Nigeria-Cameroon border”.
Mr Salkida further alleged in his tweets that the videos emanated from the faction of Abubakar Shekau, believed by experts to be losing grounds.
“Evidently, from #BokoHaram latest #EidPrayers video, the prayers were held in three different locations, spread around the Gwoza axis, which is the group’s stronghold. We hope this senseless bloodbath will soon come to an end,” his tweet read.
VIDEO FLASH: #BokoHaram observed #EidPrayers despite claimed unrelenting airstrikes by the @NigAirForce. A video released by the Abubakar Shekau led group shows hundreds of fighters and villagers praying in an open field, apparently between the Nigerian-Cameroon border. pic.twitter.com/pBKQDiFXKK
— Sahara Reporters (@SaharaReporters) June 18, 2018
Recall that on Saturday night, the Boko Haram terrorists launched an attack on Damboa, Borno State, which killed thirty-one persons and left 48 others injured. The police in the state said on Sunday that 21 people were killed, but residents said 31 people were killed in the attacks.
According to the police, the explosion occurred on Saturday night in the town, about a distance of 90 kilometres from Maiduguri, the capital of troubled Borno State. The police in a statement by the Borno State Command Public Relations Officer, Okon Edet, said;
“On 16/06/18 at about 2045hrs, an explosion occurred at Abachari area, on the outskirts of Damboa Local Government Area of Borno State.
“At the sound of the explosion, personnel of the Nigeria Police and members of the civilian JTF mobilised to the scene discovered 20 dead bodies and 48 injured persons in a suspected terrorist attack.
“The wounded and the dead were evacuated to a hospital while the scene of the crime was sanitised by a deployment of police EOD unit.”
A source in Damboa, who spoke on condition of anonymity, told our correspondent on Sunday that a rocket-propelled grenades allegedly fired by the members of the Boko Haram sect left no less than 31 persons dead.
He claimed that the insurgents unleashed suicide bombers and later hit the area with rocket-propelled grenades. He said the suicide attacks were first unleashed on the community to draw people out while the rocket-propelled grenades were shot at the gathering of sympathisers. This, he said, was the reason for the high casualty figure.