Boko Haram terrorists Kill 19 Fulani herdsmen in a gun battle

Obinwannem News Boko Haram terrorists Kill 19 Fulani herdsmen in a gun battle

Boko Haram jihadists have reportedly gunned down 19 cattle herders on Saturday in Nigeria, during a gun battle.

According to reports, the ethnic Fulani herders, besieged by a spate of armed attacks targeting their cattle, pursued Boko Haram, sparking a fierce gunfight outside Fuhe village, near Ngala close to the border with Cameroon.

An anti-jihadist militia leader Umar Kachalla had said that the insurgents killed 19 of the herdsmen in the fight, adding that the bodies of the slain herders were brought to the police by militiamen.

Another eyewitness named Mada has also stated that the herders had earlier repelled an attack by Boko Haram fighters who invaded the village to steal livestock, killing one of the militants, but ended up being overwhelmed by the sophisticated equipped terrorists.

“The herdsmen were subdued by the better-armed Boko Haram gunmen,” he further stated.

Jihadists then returned to Fuhe village and burnt homes and food supplies while herds fled, according to Ngala resident Abubakar Yusuf, who saw the dead bodies at the police station.

Boko Haram has increasingly targeted farmers, herders, and loggers, accusing them of spying and passing information to the military and the local militia fighting them.

They have also been raiding herding communities, seizing cattle — a valuable commodity in the region — to fund their operations.

Boko Haram and rival Islamic State West Africa Province are known to operate in areas around Ngala and the neighboring town of Gamboru.

ISWAP has focused on targeting military installations and troops since 2018 while Boko Haram faction is notorious for indiscriminate attacks on civilians.

However, ISWAP has been blamed for a recent increase in attacks on civilians.

In August 2014 Boko Haram seized Ngala and Gamboru, a trading hub, but Nigerian troops retook both towns in September 2015 with the help of the Chadian military.

Despite the recapture of the area, jihadist fighters continue to launch sporadic attacks, ambushing troops and vehicles, as well as attacking and abducting farmers.

In November last year, Boko Haram abducted around 50 loggers at Bulakesa village outside Gamboru.
The decade – long conflict has killed 35,000 people and displaced around two million from their homes.

The violence has spread to neighboring Niger, Chad and Cameroon, prompting the formation of a regional military coalition to fight the jihadists.

Nwada Ugochinyere Onyechere reporting Obinwannem News

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