Abuja - Suspected members of Boko Haram have
reportedly killed five firewood dealers in Jawu, Borno State.
Youth vigilante groups found the dealers dead after the
latter had gone missing.
Ibrahim Ardo, a member of the youth vigilante group in
Maiduguri, confirmed the deaths.
He said the five slain people were part of a team of 15
firewood dealers who had gone to Jawu, a village about 20 kilometers from
Maiduguri, the capital of the troubled Borno State.
Ardo said eight of the dealers who left Maiduguri on
Monday had escaped the attack of the insurgents with two others still missing.
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"The eight persons had brought message to town of
the attack, which prompted a group of youth vigilante, hunters and policemen to
embark on a manhunt,” Ardo said.
Ardo, who was part of the rescue team, said the
vigilantes and hunters from Bulumkutu, Pompomari, Gomari and Ajilari Cross
mobilize for a rescue operation on Tuesday afternoon.
“After hours of searching the forest, we saw the victims'
bodies scattered around the bush, their hands tied from behind, some had their
throat slit and others died from gunshots."
Another member of the rescue team, Abba Idris, said the
insurgents burnt the vehicle used by the victims for the trip to Jawu forest.
It was established the five corpses had been
deposited at the Umaru Shehu Hospital.
- CAJ News