Boko Haram insurgents have reportedly killed five people and abducted several others as they collected firewood. The incident, which took place in Borno State, was confirmed by security sources on Friday.
The gunmen opened fire on the group as they fetched firewood on Thursday outside the town of Dikwa. Equally important, Dikwa is located 90km from the capital Maiduguri; an anti-jihadist militia leader, Babakura Kolo, told AFP.
“A group gathered and went outside the town to collect firewood. But Boko Haram terrorists attacked them, killing five of them. The loggers fled and some of them were abducted by the attackers while trying to escape,” Kolo disclosed.
Meanwhile, Dikwa is home to more than 70,000 people displaced by the humanitarian crisis. The displaced residents live in several camps where they rely on food and humanitarian assistance from aid agencies.
Consequently, many have turned to felling trees from the surroundings to sell as firewood to make money to buy extra provisions.
Boko Haram has waged over a decade long insurgency against the Nigerian government. Further, the conflict has killed nearly 36,000 people and displaced around two million from their homes in the northeast.
Meanwhile, the group has increasingly targeted loggers, herders and fishermen in their violent campaign; accusing them of spying and passing information to the military and the local militia fighting them.
A rival faction, Islamic State West Africa Province (ISWAP); split from Boko Haram in 2016 to pledge allegiance to the Islamic State group.