Boko Haram abduct dozens of boys in
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[August 15, 2014]
MAIDUGURI Nigeria (Reuters) -
Suspected Islamist Boko Haram fighters have abducted dozens of boys and
men in a raid on a remote village in northeast Nigeria, loading them
onto trucks and driving them off, witnesses who fled the violence said
The kidnappings come four months after Boko Haram, which is
fighting to reinstate a medieval Islamic caliphate in religiously
mixed Nigeria, abducted more than 200 schoolgirls from the village
Several witnesses who fled after the Sunday's raid on Doron Baga, a
sandy fishing village near the shores of Lake Chad, said the
militants had burned several houses and that as many as 97 people
were unaccounted for.
"They left no men or boys in the place; only young children, girls
and women," said Halima Adamu, sobbing softly and looking exhausted
after a 180 km (110 mile) road trip on the back of a truck to the
northern city of Maiduguri.
"They were shouting 'Allah Akbar' (God is greatest), shooting
sporadically. There was confusion everywhere. They started parking
our men and boys into their vehicles, threatening to shoot whoever
disobey them. Everybody was scared."
The villagers said six older men were also killed in Sunday's raid.
Boko Haram, seen as the number one security threat to Africa's top
economy and oil producer, has dramatically increased attacks on
civilians in the past year, and the once-grassroots movement has
rapidly lost popular support as it gets more blood thirsty.
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Its solution - kidnapping boys and forcing them to fight and
abducting girls as sex slaves - is chilling echo of Uganda's Lord's
Resistance Army, which has operated in the same way in Uganda, South
Sudan and central Africa for decades.
The military did not respond to a request for comment. A security
source said they were aware of the incident but were still
investigating the details.
(Reporting by Lanre Ola; Writing by Tim Cocks; Editing by Alison
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