Boko Haram kills 10 fishermen near Lake Chad

Boko Haram militants slaughter 10 fishermen in villages on shores of Lake Chad in northeastern Nigeria

Photo by: AFP
Photo by: AFP

A group Nigerians fleeing their village because of Boko Haram attacks

A leading fisherman and a resident said on Thursday that Boko Haram killed 10 fishermen slitting their throats in villages near Baga on the shores of the Lake Chad in northeastern Nigeria earlier in the week.

Head of the fishermen's union in Nigeria’s Borno State, Abubakar Ghamandi, told AFP that  "On Monday around 4 pm (1500 GMT), Boko Haram attacked three villages on the shores of Lake Chad where they slaughtered 10 people, all of them fishermen."

The attack was affirmed by other locals and fishermen as well.

"Boko Haram decided not to use guns so as not to attract the attention of soldiers from Baga. This is why they used knives to slaughter their victims," Ghamandi said explaining the attack.

The fishing villages around Baga were abandoned in January after some of the most deadly attacks by Boko Haram militants, but recently the villagers were returning home since locals took the villages back.

Displaced people had been authorised by army to go back to fish in the villages, Ghamandi said.

After being routed from their traditional strongholds in Nigeria by a four-country military offensive, Boko Haram, which has pledged allegiance to ISIS earlier in the year, has been using the islands on Lake Chad as a rear base.

Nigeria alongside military coalition partners of Niger, Chad and Cameroon has claimed successes in fighting Boko Haram since February, forcing the group’s fighters out of the territory it used to control.

Chad announced on Thursday its forces killed 117 Boko Haram militants in a two-week military campaign to clear up the islands on Lake Chad, which militants use as hiding-places and bases to launch attacks.

In Boko Haram attacks, more than 600 people have been killed in Nigeria alone since President Muhammadu Buhari, who based his presidential campaign on defeating Boko Haram, took office at the end of May.

Nigeria’s new President Muhammadu Buhari vowed to eliminate Boko Haram after he was sworn in at the end of May. He has flown to the United States to meet with President Barack Obama to ask for increased US military assistance in fighting the militant group.

Boko Haram has been fighting a six-year insurgency being responsible for the deaths of over 30,000 civilians and security personnel, and causing about 1.5 million people to flee their homes, in a bid to establish a state of its own in northern Nigeria.