Nigeria | New abductions by Boko Haram – The profile of the terrorist organization spreading terror for the last 11 years – VIDEO
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Published on 27/12/2020 at 10:46

More than 40 loggers, three of whom were found dead, were abducted by Boko Haram fighters, in northeastern Nigeria, according to local and military sources. 

“A group of more than 40 loggers left Shehuri on the outskirts of Gamboru on Thursday and never returned by evening as usual,” said Umar Kachalla, one of the leaders of local paramilitary groups fighting Boko Haram extremist Islamists.

“On Friday, we mobilised men and went deep into the forest where we recovered three bodies identified to be among the loggers, without a trace of their colleagues,” he added. Many Boko Haram fighters and Islamic State in West Africa Province (ISWAP) fighters, who have been sowing terror in northeastern Nigeria for a decade, have gathered in this forest on the border with Cameroon.

They often accuse loggers and farmers in the area of ​​passing on information about their positions in the army or local armed groups. “We believe the men were taken by Boko Haram who have been attacking loggers in the forest,” said Shehu Mada, leader of another armed group. “From all indications, the three dead loggers were shot when they tried to escape as they all were shot from behind,” he said.

Also read: Nigeria At least 11 dead in Boko Haram attack

On Thursday night, Christmas Eve, jihadists attacked the predominantly Christian village of Pemi. They killed 11 people, burned a church and took the priest hostage. 

Boko Haram was founded by former cleric Mohammed Yusuf in 2002, initially for purifying Islam with peaceful actions. However, after the attacks on government buildings in the city of Maiduguri in 2009, the Nigerian authorities reacted with the use of force which led to the death of several supporters of the group. The group’s leader, Mohammed Yusuf, was killed while in police custody and bloodthirsty Abubakar Shekau assumed leadership in 2009. 

In March 2015, the group declared loyalty to the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIS). Since 2009, Boko Haram has been using violence and so far it is held responsible for the deaths of tens of thousands and the displacement of some 2 million people from their homes. Watch the short video below which briefly explains the creation of this jihadist organization.

With information from: CNA,

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