A video of Boko Haram insurgents celebrating Sallah in Sambisa forest has surfaced online as the insurgents held prayers with guards wielding rifles.
The insurgents praying during Sallah
According to an authoritative report by SaharaReporters
, Boko Haram insurgents celebrated the Eid-ul-Fitr with special prayers believed to have held somewhere around the Nigeria-Cameroon border, a new video by the Abubakar Shekau-led faction of the group has revealed.
In the video obtained by SR, members of the group can be seen trooping onto the praying field, located in an area with thick vegetation, suggesting it might have been a forest zone.
Ahmad Salkida, the Nigerian journalist with the deepest knowledge of Boko Haram's operations, says the prayer must have held at "an open field, apparently between the Nigeria-Cameroon border".
Two gun-wielding men stand in front of the group, keeping watch as others pray. On the rear and on the sides of the group were other watchmen, some holding guns, others hoisting insurgent flags.
Roughly estimated, the men in the video were in their hundreds.
One of the insurgents was heard saying that God is more than any individual.
“We are the member of the jihad and our leader is Abu Mohammad… Abubakar Ishak – We thank Allah for the fasting and for all our brothers out there,” he said.
“Infidels are in trouble. Thank Allah the fasting is over and Allah pass everybody,” another insurgent said. We want the world to know that we are alive and happy to witnessed the festive occasion.
“We want our enemies to know that we are celebrating Sallah in Sambisa and we shall continue to wage war until we score victory against the infidels.”
Despite repeated claims by the government that Boko Haram had been defeated, the sect continues to wreak havoc on civilians.
On Saturday night, it killed more than 30 people and injured more than 50 in a bomb blast in Damboa Local Government Area of Borno State.