Friday, 25 March 2016

Boko Haram kidnaps 16 women as Shekau says 'my end has come'

Kano - Boko Haram gunmen have abducted 16
women in a remote area of Adamawa state,
police, a lawmaker and locals said on Thursday.
"We received report of the kidnap of 14 women
and two girls by gunmen believed to be Boko
Haram insurgents near Sabon Garin Madagali
village", said Adamawa state police spokesman
Othman Abubakar.
"We have sent search teams to the area and
have notified the military who have also
deployed personnel for search and rescue
operation in the bush to free the hostages."
Adamu Kamale, House of Representatives
member, also confirmed the abduction, which
happened on Wednesday.
Locals said the hostages were seized in the
bush while fetching firewood and fishing in a
nearby river under the escort of two civilian
vigilantes assisting the military against the
Islamist insurgents.

"When the civilian vigilantes escorting the
women saw the heavily armed Boko Haram
fighters advancing on them they fled, leaving
the women to their fate," said Madagali resident
Garba Barnabas.
Two women who escaped by jumping into the
river and pretending to have drowned later
returned to the village to raise the alarm, he
added.
"Since people returned to their homes we have
been experiencing attacks by Boko Haram
despite claims that security has been restored",
said Kamale.
"The abduction shows that more security needs
to be deployed to protect the people from
attacks and abductions.
The development came just as Boko Haram
leader Abubakar Shekau released a video
allegedly stating that his "end has come".
Although the video does not expressly confirm
the claim, Shekau is also alleged to have called
his followers to embrace peace, telling them to
"surrender to save themselves."
Some analysts have since refuted the
allegations.
- AFP

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