April 17, 2024 1:09 pm





Massacre in Borno: ISWAP Strikes, Leaving 32 Lives Tragically Cut Short

Suspected Islamic State Affiliates Kill 32 People in Two Attacks in Northeast Nigeria

Suspected Islamic State-affiliated jihadists have killed 32 people, including 25 herders, in two attacks in northeast Nigeria’s Borno state, anti-jihadist militia reported on Thursday.

“The terrorists… left without taking anything” from the dead herders, said militia leader Babakura Kolo.

The attacks occurred on Tuesday in the Lake Chad area, where the Islamic State West Africa Province (ISWAP) controls large portions of land.

  1. In the first attack, ISWAP fighters riding on motorcycles killed 25 Fulani herders who were grazing their cattle in Gudumbali forest, 95 kms (60 miles) from the regional capital Maiduguri.
  2. “Most of the 25 victims were shot while a few of them were hacked to death,” said militia member Umar Ari who took part in the evacuation and burial of the dead on Wednesday.

The jihadists accused the herders of passing information to the military about militant activities and ordered them to leave the area.

The anti-jihadist militia is a semi-official paramilitary unit that collaborates with the army.

Boko Haram and its rival ISWAP have increasingly targeted loggers, herders, farmers, fishermen, and metal scrap collectors in their campaign. They believe these individuals provide information to the military and local militia fighting against them.

Notably, the jihadist groups have intensified attacks, primarily on farmers working in their fields during the ongoing rainy season.

Last month, ISWAP jihadists killed 11 farmers in Kuwayangiya village, located outside Maiduguri. In a separate incident, rival Boko Haram kidnapped 30 herders from three villages on the shores of Lake Chad, demanding a ransom payment.

  1. In the second incident, which occurred hours later on Tuesday, seven men were shot dead by ISWAP fighters at a checkpoint in Borno-Yasin village in Gubio district, an area they use as a crossing point into their Lake Chad territory.
  2. “The seven men were accused of attempting to smuggle narcotics into the terrorists’ territory and were shot on the spot,” said militia member Umar Ari.

According to another militiaman, Ibrahim Liman, the ISWAP fighters found drugs and marijuana in the possession of the seven smugglers, which the terrorists consider a serious crime.

Over the course of the 14-year-long jihadist conflict, at least 40,000 people have been killed and approximately two million displaced. The conflict has also spilled over into neighboring Niger, Chad, and Cameroon.

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