Gwoza massacre

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Gwoza massacre
Part of Islamist insurgency in Nigeria
Nigeria Borno State map.png
Location Gwoza, Borno State, Nigeria
Date 2 June 2014
Deaths 2000

The Gwoza massacre was a terrorist event that occurred on 2 June 2014 in the Gwoza local government district, Borno State near the Nigerian-Camerounian border.

Militants (presumably from Boko Haram) dressed as soldiers slaughtered at least 2000 civilians predominantly Christians[citation needed] in the villages of Goshe, Attagara, Agapalwa and Aganjara. A community leader who witnessed the Monday killings had said that local residents had pleaded for help from the military, but it did not arrive in time. It took a few days for word from survivors to reach the provincial capital of Maiduguri, because the roads are extremely dangerous and phone connections are poor or nonexistent, due to the state of emergency declared in Borno about a year before. The slaughter was confirmed by both Mohammed Ali Ndume, a senator representing Borno and whose hometown is Gwoza, as well as a top security official in Maiduguri who insisted on anonymity.[1] However, some reliable sources have put the death toll at four to five thousand.[2][3]

Several eyewitness sources reported that men and boys were targeted in these attacks. According to one witness, "When some of the villagers managed to escape, they were unfortunately waylaid outside the villages by some gunmen on motorcycles who would catch and slaughter the men and young boys; they only allowed women and children to go."[4] Another source reported that mothers had their male infants taken from them and shot.[5]

This followed shortly after the assassination of Muslim leader Alhaji Idrissa Timta, the Emir of Gwoza, at the end of May.[6]


  1. ^ Boko Haram Militants Dressed as Soldiers Slaughter Scores: Witnesses. NBC News website. June 5, 2014, 4:15 AM.
  2. ^ Reports: Boko Haram village raids kill hundreds in Nigeria. By Aminu Abubakar, June 5, 2014.
  3. ^ Bodies litter streets after Boko Haram massacre, 2014-06-06 07:54. News24 Nigeria.
  4. ^ Abdullahi Umar (June 5, 2014). "Nigeria: Gwoza Under Siege - Boko Haram Kills 2000, Wipes Out Three Villages". 
  5. ^ Aminu Abubakar (June 5, 2014). "Reports: Boko Haram village raids kill hundreds in Nigeria". CNN. 
  6. ^ Grossman, Laura (30 May 2014). "Boko Haram kills local Muslim leader". Long War Journal. Retrieved 31 May 2014. 

Coordinates: 11°05′36″N 13°49′14″E / 11.0933°N 13.8206°E / 11.0933; 13.8206