No fewer than 11 local wood-loggers were ambushed and beheaded by suspected Boko Haram members riding on camels.
According to reports, the killing occurred in the Damboa Local Government Area of Borno State on Monday.
A trustworthy source who works as a member of the vigilante group in the region and provided our correspondent with the information over the phone revealed that the incident occurred on Monday in Bale, a remote hamlet in Damboa LGA.
According to a local vigilante source, the mutilated bodies of the Boko Haram victims were discovered in the area around 5 p.m.
“We found six bodies of the wood loggers who were butchered by the Boko Haram people from the location on Monday evening.
“We do not think any of them survived the attack. Their bodies were badly dismembered, and we found them in a pool of blood as all parts of their bodies were cut into pieces.
“We immediately organized ourselves to bury what remains of them in the evening according to Islamic rites. Although five people are still missing, we are praying that those five should escape, and maybe when tension calms down, they will return to us to narrate what really happened. But for now, we don’t know if they escaped or were abducted too,” the source stated.
Another member of the vigilante group said that “the loggers were working at their charcoal site when they were suddenly rounded up by the Boko Haram terrorists, who refused all pleas for mercy from their victims but went ahead to kill the six people instantly.”
He added, “We learned that they came on camels and surrounded the victims. We saw the footprints of the carmels. We counted about 15 carmel foot prints.
“Although we learned that some of the lucky loggers ran as fast as they could, they were pursued by the Boko Haram members.
“Why we also believe the others escaped is because carmels don’t run as fast as horses, and more importantly, the victims are familiar with the terrain; that’s why we’re praying that they escape.
“It was later that we were informed about the situation of things there that we mobilized and went to the scene, only to find the six bodies dismembered and abandoned at the site, but we haven’t heard from the other five persons.
“This morning, an additional five bodies were recovered, so we have a total of 11 corpses so far. But the soldiers, alongside the vigilantes, are currently in the area and also combing the woods.”