Reports of another kidnap by Islamic insurgents, Boko Haram, in Malari, a village in Borno State, emerged Saturday. Malari is 20 kilometres from the Sambisa forest, which has become a fortress to the insurgents, and a few meters away to another town, Gworza, self-named a caliphate by the insurgents after overrunning it.
About 40 villagers, comprising mainly males, aged between 10 and 23 years, were said to have been abducted by the sect’s militants and taken into Sambisa forest. The reports broken by French media, the Agence France-Presse, AFP, said the attack on the village happened around 8pm on 31 December, eve of the new year.
Nothing was heard of the occurrence until escaping residents arrived the state capital, Maiduguri, where they alerted unsuspecting indigenes.
One of those who lost relatives to the Boko Haram sect during the attack was Bulama Muhammad. Muhammed, whose two sons and three nephews included the abducted, said they believed the boys would be used as conscripts by the Jihadists.
“They came in pick-up trucks armed with guns and gathered all the men in the village outside the home of the village chief where they preached to us before singling out 40 of our boys and taking them away,” Muhammed said.
There has not been any official statement from the military authorities on the kidnapping.