Boko Haram kills at least 14 loggers in Nigerian village

Source: Xinhua| 2019-05-02 20:47:23|Editor: Shi Yinglun
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ABUJA, May 2 (Xinhua) -- At least 14 bodies of loggers from a village in Nigeria's northeastern state of Borno were evacuated to a police station following an attack by terror group Boko Haram earlier this week, the head of a local militia group told Xinhua on Thursday.

Residents of Duwabayi village, in the state's Monguno area, found the bodies of the loggers killed after a Boko Haram attack on Tuesday evening and alerted the Civilian Joint Task Force (CJTF), which helps the military fight the militants, said Ali Bulama, head of the CJTF in the area.

"The victims were in search of trees to cut down in a bush near the village when the Boko Haram fighters attacked and shot them. We found bullet wounds on all the corpses and took them to the police station," Bulama said via telephone.

Local police have declined to comment on the attack.

Duwabayi village was deserted sometime last year after residents fled and took refuge in a camp for internally displaced persons (IDPs) in Monguno due to incessant Boko Haram attacks in the area.

Monguno is located 135 km north of Maiduguri, the capital of Borno State, and hosts a military formation. The town has been repeatedly attacked by Boko Haram militants who have made several failed attempts to overrun the military base.

Boko Haram has repeatedly attacked farmers, loggers and herders, accusing them of giving information to the military and the pro-government CJTF.

The group's decade-long militancy has killed about 20,000 people and left over 2.6 million others homeless.