Ahmad Salkida, a journalist known
to have access to Boko Haram’s leadership, has claimed that the insurgents
observed Eid prayers over the weekend.

 

In a tweet on Monday, Salkida
posted a collage of images showing the insurgents praying, led by their leader,
Abubakar Shekau. 

According to him, the pictures
were obtained from a new video released by the sect.
“#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 Nigerian Cameroon border,” Salkida
wrote.
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.