PEMI, 25 December 2020 – At least 11 people were killed in an attack by Boko Haram militants in Pemi in Nigeria’s northeastern state of Borno.
The attackers raided the Catholic Church in Pemi on Christmas Eve as Christians gathered for Vigil Mass.
The attackers came on motorbikes and trucks.
Eyewitnesses say they shot indiscriminately , into the congregation. The shooting continued as Christians fled out of the church amidst screams of pain and fear.
They attackers looted food supplies, took a priest captive, and burnt a church as well as 10 homes in Pemi.
They also stole medical supplies from a nearby hospital.
Pemi is very close to Chibok, where Boko Haram members kidnapped over 200 schoolgirls in 2014.
The schoolgirls were held captives for years before their release.
Earlier this month, Boko Haram raided and kidnapped 344 schoolboys from a boarding school in Katsina state.
All 344 schoolboys were released after Nigerian security forces reportedly defeated their captors in a gun battle details of which remain sketchy.
Boko Haram members saying they are fighting to overthrow the government of Nigeria and to establish an Islamic state opposed to Western culture.
Loosely translated, Boko Haram means “western education is forbidden”.
The Boko Haram conflict which began in 2009 has led to the killing of at least 36,000 people and has left two million internally displaced.