Boko Haram kidnaps 50 loggers in Nigeria


Boko Haram militants have kidnapped 50 loggers in north-eastern Nigeria close to the border with Cameroon, the Daily Nation reported on Friday.

The abduction took place at Bulakesa village about 25 kilometres from Gamboru in Borno state.

Gunmen loyal to factional leader, Abubakar Shekau, carried out the abduction of the loggers, who were in a camp for people displaced by jihadist violence, last weekend according to a local militia.

It took awhile for the news to get to the media because of limited communications with residents in the area. Two of the loggers, have however managed to escape and fled home to warn others of the kidnapping.

A large number of people have lost their lives and more than two million have been displaced since Boko Haram’s 2009 uprising. In 2014 Boko Haram gunmen seized 276 girls aged between 11 and 18 years old from a secondary school in the remote town of Chibok, in Borno state.

Due to continuous attacks on loggers, the Nigerian military managed to rid the nearby town of Wulgo and surrounding areas of the militants in 2017.


-African News Agency (ANA)

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