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Jihadists kill 30 in northeastern Nigeria: sources

Jihadists launch a revenge attack after their commanders died in military airstrikes in Nigeria.

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  • Jihadists have killed 30 men in a revenge attack after their commanders died in military airstrikes in the northeastern state of Borno of Nigeria.
  • Fighters from the Islamic State West Africa Province (ISWAP) on Saturday seized the men in the village of Mudu in the Dikwa area.
  • News of the incident came to light late due to poor communication as a result of the destruction of telecommunications by jihadists in the region.

Jihadists have killed 30 men in a revenge attack after their commanders died in military airstrikes in Nigeria’s northeastern Borno state, two militia leaders said on Tuesday.

Fighters from the Islamic State West African Province (ISWAP) fighters seized the men in the village of Mudu in the Dikwa area on Saturday, they said.

News of the incident came to light late due to poor communication as a result of the destruction of telecommunications by jihadists in the region.

Militia leader Babakura Kolo told AFP of the regional capital Maiduguri:

Most of the 30 men were killed by ISWAP terrorists, while a few who tried to flee were shot.

“It was metal screwdrivers who were in the area in search of burning cars dotting villages in northern Borno following terrorist attacks,” he said.

He said the men had been evacuated from the town of Rann, 80 kilometers away, where they lived in camps for people displaced by the jihadist violence.

Another militia leader Umar Ari said ISWAP had accused the murdered men of passing information about their positions to the army in the area.

“The 30 men were unlucky enough to have been in the area at the time when the terrorists mourned the deaths of their two commanders in a military operation,” Ari told AFP.

In recent weeks, Nigerian military has carried out successful ground and air strikes against ISWAP and rival Boko Haram fighters, killing several high-profile jihadist commanders.

ISWAP split from mainstream Boko Haram in 2016 and emerged as a dominant group in the region.

The two groups are increasingly targeting citizens, particularly loggers, farmers and shepherds, and accusing them of spying on them.

Jihadist violence has killed more than 40,000 people since 2009 and displaced about two million from their homes in the Northeast, according to the UN.

Most of the displaced people who live in camps rely on food handouts from aid agencies, forcing many to cut down trees in the arid region for firewood and track down metal scraps they sell for food. to buy.

Local authorities have returned the mover to their homes despite serious concerns about their safety.

The jihadist uprising has spread to neighboring Niger, Chad and Cameroon, prompting a regional military coalition to fight the insurgents.


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