At least 50 people have been kidnapped by suspected members of the radical Islamist militia Boko Haram in the city of Doron Baga, near Lake Chad, in Borno State, northern Nigeria, witnesses said Wednesday according to the BBC. The incident occurred on August 10, four months after the abduction of 200 girls in a school Chibok in the same area, a stronghold of radical militia and one of the poorest and worst communications, deterring knowledge of episodes as those that take days to come out.
The attack would have occurred when gunmen stormed the fishing village, burned several houses and took away the inhabitants, many of whom, along with some women and children would be aged between 15 and 30 years. The objective could be to recruit a force for service in the militia that strikes terror in the country and has established an almost medieval order, according to BBC and Reuters. Villagers say 26 other people were killed during clashes in which people tried to repel the attack without success, according to the testimony of an eyewitness who radioed BBC. Other sources put the number of missing to say a hundred and six old also were killed.
The attacks have raised panic among the population, who fled to other parts of Borno State, especially the capital, Maiduguri and Yobe, where several reporters contacted. ” Do not let men or boys, only women and girls,” said Halima Adamu Reuters exhausted, after a journey of 180 miles in a truck that took her from Doron Baga to the state capital. ” They shouted:… Grande¡ Allah is fired into the air and there was confusion everywhere they went up to the men to their vehicles, threatening to kill them if they disobeyed Everybody was scared,” he said. “Men were taken away by force motorboats to Lake Chad.”
Neither government nor the Nigerian Army have confirmed the kidnapping, as they have not provided any news on the whereabouts of the kidnapped girls, despite the help unsuccessfully several countries, including the United States and United Kingdom, have given to the authorities in Abuja they find minor. Indeed, the British charge for Africa, James Duddridge, said in an email released today “feel distressed by reports of another mass kidnapping in northwestern Nigeria.” According to this message, ” the British High Commission in Abuja is seeking details. UK is next to Nigeria to confront Boko Haram.”
Boko Haram, which means ” non- Islamic education is a sin “, struggle to impose an Islamic state in Nigeria, a country with a Muslim majority in the north and predominantly Christian south. In these seven months of 2014, has killed nearly 3,000 people, more than 12,000 since 2009, according to estimates by the Nigerian government.