Suspected members of the Islamist insurgents, Boko Haram have abducted dozens of boys and men in a raid on a remote village in Borno, northeast Nigeria, loading them onto trucks and driving them off, witnesses who fled the violence said on Friday.
The kidnappings in Borno State come four months after Boko Haram, abducted more than 200 schoolgirls from the village of Chibok, also in Borno State.
Several witnesses who fled after the Sunday’s raid on Doron Baga, a sandy fishing village near the shores of Lake Chad, said the militants had burned several houses and that as many as 97 people were unaccounted for.
Reports monitored in Abuja said the Insurgents left no men or boys in the place, only young children, girls and women.”
A woman, Halima Adamu, sobbing softly and looking exhausted after a 180-kilometre road trip on the back of a truck to the northern city of Maiduguri, the capital of Borno State was quoted as saying.
“They were shouting ‘Allah Akbar’ (God is greatest), shooting sporadically. There was confusion everywhere. They started parking our men and boys into their vehicles, threatening to shoot whoever disobey them. Everybody was scared.”
The villagers said six older men were also killed in Sunday’s raid.
Boko Haram, seen as the number one security threat to Africa’s top economy and oil producer, has dramatically increased attacks on civilians in the past year, and the once-grassroots movement has rapidly lost popular support as it gets more blood thirsty.
“Its solution – kidnapping boys and forcing them to fight and abducting girls as sex slaves – is chilling echo of Uganda’s Lord’s Resistance Army, which has operated in the same way in Uganda, South Sudan and central Africa for decades,” the report said.