ISWAP Abducts 15 Passengers, Move Them into Sambisa  

EMERGENCY DIGEST- No fewer than 15 people have been allegedly abducted by suspected fighters of the Islamic State of West African Province (ISWAP).

A security source told Daily Trust that they were abducted in Damboa Local Government Area of Borno State.

The source said the insurgents struck near Gumsuri village in Damboa.

He said they waylaid motorists and forcefully took them into Sambisa forest.

Daily Trust gathered that some staff of International Non-Governmental Organisations are among the victims.

The victims, said to be mostly young people, had reportedly left Damboa town while heading for Adamawa, on Wednesday.

The insurgents, who mounted a checkpoint, were reportedly dressed in military camouflage.

“It is unfortunate that the insurgents continue their nefarious activities on the fringe of Sambisa forests, we have received reports that ISWAP kidnapped at least 15 persons (passengers) near Gumsuri village while allowing two others to go.

“They are desperate to recruit more people into their criminal activities. They deceived people because they dressed in military attire’s. It is sad and shocking.” a security source said.

The incident happened after staff of the Borno State Ministry of Work, who were supervising the construction of about 45 kilometer Chibok-Damboa road, were kidnapped.

The abductors also went away with three trucks used in conveying sand to construction sites.


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