Saturday, May 17, 2014

Adamawa villagers kill over 70 Boko Haram fighters searching for food

According to Sahara Reporters, members of a vigilante group in Madagali, a town in Adamawa State, yesterday killed more than 70 Boko Haram members and and handed over seven captured militants to the police.

The vigilantes reportedly acted after they were tipped off by a local food vendor that the militants were coming to get food before heading out for a major operation to raid villages in the area, usually carried out at night.

The vigilantes mobilized, laid ambush and patiently waited for the men of the sect. The men, numbering about 100, showed up later at night to pick up their meal and that was when the vigilantes attacked them, killing most and arresting the ones that survived the assault.

Yesterday's attack is the second time this week that local vigilantes would defeat the rampaging militants. The first time was three days ago when well-armed vigilantes in Kalabalge, Borno State, ambushed a squad of Boko Haram militants.

A vigilante member involved in today's ambush told a Sahara Reporters correspondent that Nigerian soldiers appear unable or unwilling to wage an effective war.against the insurgents.

"They (soldiers) seem to be helpless and to fear the Boko Haram warriors who terrorize us here. But we are not afraid. They are men like us. And we are tired of folding up our hands and allowing them to kill us, to kill our wives and to kill our children."

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