Boko Haram, an Islamist militant group, kidnapped 40 boys and men ranging in age from 10 to 23 from a village in the northeastern Nigerian state of Borno.
According to villagers, Boko Haram terrorists arrived in Malari with assault rifles and began preaching about the group’s ideology before taking 40 hostages and driving toward the forest on December 31, according to CNN.
[quote text_size=”small” author=”– Bulama Muhammad” author_title=”Malari resident”]
My two sons and three nephews were among those taken away by the Boko Haram gunmen and we believe they are going to use them as conscripts.
News of the abduction took days to reach the outside world due to poor communications caused by destroyed cell towers from previous Boko Haram attacks. Villagers fled the isolated village for the state capital of Maiduguri on Friday, according to the Daily Mail.
Boko Haram has been responsible for many attacks over the last few years, including assassinations of officials to bombings, as well as several mass kidnappings.
Mass kidnappings have been a large part of the group’s campaign, with the kidnapping of more than 200 schoolgirls from Chibok in April drawing international outrage. While there was talk that a deal had been reached for the release of the schoolgirls, Boko Haram leader Abubakar Shekau claimed that there was never a deal in place and the girls had been converted and married off.
Last month, suspected Boko Haram militants stormed another village, Gumsuri, killing 33 villagers and kidnapping 200 people.
More than 2,000 people were killed in northeast Nigeria in militant violence in 2013. Boko Haram has been waging war since 2009 in an attempt to create an Islamic state in Nigeria, according to the BBC.