Abuja - Suspected Boko Haram members have killed 16 herdsmen in a nomadic village in Borno State.
Police confirmed the death of the herdsmen following a confrontation with members of the sect in Shuwa-Arab.
Spokesman of the State Police Command, Gideon Jibrin, said there was an attack on one of the villages in Southern Borno, where "over a dozen herdsmen were slain by armed hoodlums."
He said no arrests had been made by either the Joint Task Force (JTF) or the police.
According to security sources the violence commenced when attackers killed one of the herders and whisked away another to an obscure camp located some kilometers away from the village.
The herdsmen mobilized themselves and traced the attackers in order to rescue their abducted kinsman.
“When they approached the camp of the attackers, they were ambushed and 16 of them were killed," a source said.
A resident, Madina Azaki, said all the slain herdsmen had lived and reared cattle in the village for over three decades. - CAJ News