Last Update 22:17
Friday, 15 November 2019

Boko Haram kills eight, abducts women in NE Nigeria: sources

AFP , Monday 10 Apr 2017
Share/Bookmark
Views: 1869
Share/Bookmark
Views: 1869

Boko Haram jihadists have killed eight loggers near the northeast Nigerian city of Maiduguri, vigilantes and residents told AFP on Sunday.

The Islamist gunmen on Saturday stopped nine loggers in a pickup truck near Kayamla village, 10 kilometres from the city, murdering eight while one managed to escape.

"The gunmen stopped the van and rounded up the men. They slaughtered eight of them and burnt their bodies," vigilante Babakura Kolo told AFP.

The man who managed to escape informed residents of nearby Molai village who later recovered the bodies of the slain men for burial, he added.

Kolo's account was backed up by Mohammed Abubakar, whose neighbour was among the victims.

"We buried my neighbour late on Saturday. He was among the eight killed by Boko Haram on their way to fetch firewood in the bush," Abubakar told AFP.

"They cut his throat and burnt his body", he said

Boko Haram's eight-year insurrection in northeast Nigeria, especially in Borno state, has left over 20,000 people dead and displaced 2.6 million.

Most of those displaced rely on food handouts from aid agencies while others have turned to felling trees from the scanty vegetation in the savanna region for firewood, which they sell to buy food.

Abubakar said the loggers had been warned by locals of the presence of the jihadists in the area.

"They ignored the warning because they were desperately looking for ways to feed their family and collecting firewood was the only option they had".

On Friday Boko Haram Islamists kidnapped 13 women near the village of Hambagda near the border with Cameroon, residents told AFP.

Those abducted were among a group of 25 women who had gone to pick acacia fruit.

"They came across two women, who were also out to collect the fruits but who turned out to be Boko Haram wives," a local leader in the area told AFP.

"The two women left and informed their men who came and surrounded the women," he added.

Late last month Boko Haram fighters loyal to the Islamic State-backed Abu Mus'ab Al-Barnawi faction abducted 18 girls from nearby Pulka village, according to residents.

On Friday, according to an army officer in Maiduguri, Boko Haram fighters killed five soldiers after ambushing them while on patrol in Mafa, Borno.

It was the second such ambush in two days. On Thursday four soldiers were killed and five others injured in a Boko Haram ambush near Gulumba village.

Four troops remain missing after that attack.

Short link:

 

Email
 
Name
 
Comment's
Title
 
Comment
Ahram Online welcomes readers' comments on all issues covered by the site, along with any criticisms and/or corrections. Readers are asked to limit their feedback to a maximum of 1000 characters (roughly 200 words). All comments/criticisms will, however, be subject to the following code
  • We will not publish comments which contain rude or abusive language, libelous statements, slander and personal attacks against any person/s.
  • We will not publish comments which contain racist remarks or any kind of racial or religious incitement against any group of people, in Egypt or outside it.
  • We welcome criticism of our reports and articles but we will not publish personal attacks, slander or fabrications directed against our reporters and contributing writers.
  • We reserve the right to correct, when at all possible, obvious errors in spelling and grammar. However, due to time and staffing constraints such corrections will not be made across the board or on a regular basis.
Latest

© 2010 Ahram Online.