NIGERIA: CONFIRMATION OF REPORT THAT BOKO HARAM KIDNAPPED 40 PEOPLE AS CONSCRIPTS ‘

#AceWorldNews – NIGERIA: Post Update: Jan.03: According to a report just received following my previous post about kidnap of 40 people. A local reporter confirmed: “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,” Bulama Muhammad told AFP.

Malari village lies 20 kilometers (12.5 miles) from the Sambisa forest and close to the town of Gwoza, which the militants captured last June declaring it part of their caliphate.

“My two sons and three nephews were among those taken away by the Boko Haram gunmen and we believe they are going to use them as conscripts,” Muhammad said.

 “When we heard of the kidnap of 40 boys in Malari by Boko Haram we decided to leave because we could be the next target,” said Alaramma Babagoni, who fled from the nearby village of Mulgwi.

“Boko Haram has been abducting young men from villages in the area because we are close to their stronghold in Sambisa forest,” he said.

There was no immediate comment on the incident from the military in Maiduguri.

Residents of Malari and nearby villages fled, fearing further attacks and abductions.

A recent report sighted that the Cameroon Army used air-strikes killing 41 Boko Haram militants.

So this could of course be a tit for tat reprisals with the chance to kidnap replacements for their dead.

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