Dreaded and deadly Islamic sect, Boko Haram have allegedly kidnapped more than 400 women and children from the northern Nigerian town of Damasak that was freed this month by troops from Niger and Chad, Reuters reported on Tuesday.
No immediate official confirmation of the figure, however, the Insurgent has in the past carried out mass kidnappings.
An eyewitness (trader by profession) by the name Souleymane Ali disclosed to Reuters that “They took 506 young women and children (in Damasak). They killed about 50 of them before leaving. We don’t know if they killed others after leaving, but they took the rest with them.”
Ali further disclosed that his wife and three of his daughters were among those seized.
“Two of them were supposed to get married this year. (Boko Haram) said ‘They are slaves so we’re taking them because they belong to us’,” he said.
Boko Haram has abducted between 400 and 500 women and children in the northeastern Nigerian town of Damasak, according to residents and a military commander quoted by international news media on Tuesday.
It would be recalled, the Insurgents abduction last April of nearly 300 schoolgirls in the region stirred international outrage and drew global attention to the group’s six-year insurgency.