Friday, August 15, 2014

100 young men abducted by Boko Haram

They were reports on Thursday, August 14, 2014 that Boko Haram have reportedly abducted about 100 young men from Doron Baga, a community in Borno State.

There were fears also that the abducted young men were being forcefully recruited into terror activities of the insurgents. Punch correspondent learnt that the victims were seized from Doron Baga during an attack, on Sunday, on the village, where at least 20 persons were allegedly killed.

A source, who spoke to journalists in Maiduguri, the Borno State capital, said Boko Haram attacked the town on Sunday evening and took away some boys and young men.

Some of those that fled the area said in Maiduguri on Thursday that they had to flee the area because of
the constant attack by insurgents.

One of them, Halima Alhaji Adamu, said six members of Hadejia community in Doron Baga were killed and about 100 young men were abducted on Sunday when the members of Boko Haram attacked the community, displacing many, most of whom had taken refuge in some
parts of Borno and Yobe states.The young woman, who spoke at a popular motor park in Maiduguri, said she was heading to Gashua in Yobe State with the surviving members of her family.

She said that she also lost her husband in the attack. She claimed that the insurgents were believed to have abducted the young men in order to forcefully conscript them.
Meanwhile Major General Chris Olukolade, the spokesperson of the Defence Headquarters Nigeria has
said: "The Nigerian Military is well trained for the kind of war that is presently engaged".
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