Boko Haram slaughters herdsman, kidnaps 22 females in north east

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[Lake Chad]–A faction of the Nigerian terrorist group, Boko Haram, has been reported to have slaughtered a herdsman and have carted away his remaining cattle, after shooting 50 cattle dead.

The terrorists have also kidnapped 22 females, 18 of which are 17 years and below, while the remaining four are family members of the herdsman killed.

The incidents took place in two separate communities.

In the first attack on Thursday, the jihadists raided the village of Pulka near the border with Cameroon where they kidnapped 18 girls.

“Boko Haram fighters from Mamman Nur camp arrived in pickup vans around 6am and seized 14 young girls aged 17 and below while residents fled into the bush,” a Pulka community leader said.

“They picked four other girls who were fleeing the raid they came across in the bush outside the village,” said the community leader who asked not to be named for fear of reprisals.

Another resident confirmed the raid and said the girls were likely to end up as brides for the fighters. “They didn’t harm anyone during the raid and they made no attempt to shoot people running away from the village,” said the resident.

In the second incident outside the village of Dumba, close to Lake Chad, the jihadists killed a herdsman who had tried to escape after refusing to pay protection money, said Adamu Ahmed, a member of an anti-Boko Haram militia.

“When the Boko Haram gunmen came for the money they realised he had left with everything and they decided to go after him on their motorcycles,” Ahmed said. “They caught up with him near Dumba where they slaughtered him and shot dead 50 of his cattle.

“They took four women from the man’s family and the rest of the herd,” he said.

According to the official, the attackers were loyal to the faction headed by Abu Musab Al-Barnawi, the son of Boko Haram founder Mohammed Yusuf. Barnawi was appointed leader last year by Isis to replace leader Abubakar Shekau, who had pledged allegiance to the jihadist group in 2015.

It should be noted that the attacks and kidnap is coming about some day after THE PAGE reported the launch of the Nigerian Army Small Arms Championship, NACA 2017, in Sambisa by the Presidency.




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