Within 48hrs after the devastating bomb blast that claimed 175 lives in Abuja, Islamic Insurgents have struck again and killed a traditional ruler and 19 others in two separate attacks.
According to TIME magazine, the unprecedented string of attacks has many questioning the role of politicians in the insurgency and the ability of Nigeria’s military to contain the 5-year-old Islamic uprising that has killed more than 1,500 people this year, compared to an estimated 3,600 between 2010 and 2012.
Last week, the emir of embattled Gwoza district had appealed to the government to “save our souls,” saying his people are being attacked daily.
By Tuesday, he was dead.
“They simply walked right into the palace of the monarch and shot him in his bedroom, and on their way out they also shot his guard before fleeing,” said politician Hyeldi Bwala.
Wednesday morning, gunmen attacked the village of Wala, in Gwoza district, and killed 18 people, according to a local government official and intelligence agent.
They both spoke on condition of anonymity because they were told not to speak to reporters.