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Rebel Group Kidnaps 50 People in Nigeria, Mostly Women

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Local officials say suspected Islamist militants have kidnapped 50 people, most of them women, in northeastern Nigeria. The latest mass kidnappings by this group have fueled an insurgency for more than a decade.

Reported by Reuters, Thursday (7/3/2024), Boko Haram and Islamic State West Africa Province (ISWAP) fighters operate mostly in the northeastern state of Borno, targeting security forces and civilians. This displaced tens of thousands of people.

The latest incident occurred on Monday in the remote Gamboru area, which borders Chad and Cameroon. This was revealed by an official of the Civilian Joint Task Force, which helps the army fight the jihadists.

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The official, who declined to be named because he was not authorized to speak to the media, said the group of at least 50 people from an internally displaced person camp had gone to collect firewood on the shores of Lake Chad.

They were then ambushed by gunmen and told to cross into neighboring Chad, the official said, adding that the three kidnapped women managed to escape.

The Nigerian Army did not respond to requests for comment regarding the kidnapping.

Falmata Bukar, one of the three women who fled, told Reuters by telephone that the gunmen had “surrounded us and we were asked to follow them into the bushes.” He then fled with two other people.

Barkindo Saidu, head of Borno’s emergency agency, said he was traveling to the area to assess the situation but would not immediately comment and declared the people missing. The agency is responsible for camps housing thousands of Nigerians displaced by the insurgency.

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