The government warned people to evacuate the area, then shelled and stormed the group’s mosque and headquarters Wednesday night, setting off a raging firefight with retreating militants armed with homemade hunting rifles, firebombs, bows and arrows, machetes and scimitars.
An AP reporter saw soldiers shoot their way into the mosque under fire and then rake those inside with gunshots. The reporter later counted about 50 bodies inside the building and another 50 in the courtyard outside.
The militant group, also known as Al-Sunna wal Jamma, or “Followers of Mohammed’s Teachings,” had been attempting to impose Shariah law and had attacked police stations, churches, and government buildings over the past few days.
Don’t bring a scimitar to a gun fight.