Monday, November 24, 2014

Boko Haram kills 48 Nigerian fishermen near Chad

Members of the Islamic sect, Boko Haram, reportedly ambushed and slaughtered 48 fish vendors near Nigeria's border with Chad.

A fish traders' group said some victims had their throats slit, while others were tied up and drowned in Lake Chad.

The attack took place on Thursday, but the news took several days to come to light, because the sect had destroyed mobile phone masts in the area.

In Thursday's attack, the traders were on their way to Chad to buy fish when militants blocked their path near the village of Doron Baga, some 180km (112 miles) north of Maiduguri in Borno State.

Abubakar Gamandi, the head of the fish sellers' association, told AFP news agency that the militants used no gun, adding that "the attackers killed their victims silently without the
use of the gun, to avoid attracting attention from the multi-national troops."

Troops from Nigeria, Chad and Niger have been deployed to the area and had a base at Doron Baga.

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