- Boko Haram insurgents on Monday, February 18 killed 18 processors and merchants of firewood and charcoal in Borno state
- The incident happened in Jere local government area of the state, a security source told journalists
- While some of the victims were beheaded, some were gunned down
Boko Haram insurgents on Monday, February 18 killed 18 processors and merchants of firewood and charcoal in Borno state, Daily Trust reports.
Quoting an unnamed source is identified as a police officer, the report said some of the victims were beheaded, while others were gunned down.
The attackers were said to have ambushed their victims who were sourcing the firewood and processing the charcoal in a bush at Koshebe village of the local government that extended into Maiduguri metropolis.
“There was an attack and ambush on firewood sellers who had gone to the bush to fetch their products by suspected members of Boko Haram terrorists in Koshebe general area of Jere local government area of Borno state.
“18 dead bodies were seen at the scene of the attacks, but as it is, only 10 dead bodies were recovered and evacuated so far by our security forces in conjunction with members of Civilian JTF.
“The remaining eight dead bodies were yet to be evacuated due to inaccessibility of the area,” the source said.
Another source told ThisDay that 10 corpses were evacuated from the scene of the attack to Maiduguri.
He said eight other corpses were yet to be evacuated as the vehicle could not traverse the difficult terrain to pick them from where they were.
He said he saw security vehicles conveying the corpses along Kadamari- Maiduguri road at about 2pm on Tuesday, February 19.
Meanwhile, a group of protesters, led by former presidential aide and pastor, Mr. Reno Omokri, laid siege to the Nigerian High Commission in London on Tuesday, February 19, to commemorate the first year of the incarceration by Boko Haram of Dapchi School girl, Leah Sharibu.
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The organisers say the protest was to remind the world of the failure of the federal government to secure Leah's release despite promises to do so.
The London protesters called Leah’s mother, Rubeccah, and empathised with her, telling her that they stood with her in her low moments.
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