Islamic State-aligned jihadists held 76 farmers for two days in northeast Nigeria’s Borno state near the border with Cameroon, militia sources said Tuesday.
The Islamic State West Africa Province (ISWAP) fighters kidnapped the farmers from a displaced people’s camp in Ngala on Friday while they were burning thick vegetation to make a clearing for their harvest, the sources said.
The men, women and children were taken to a camp in the nearby town of Chikongudo under ISWAP control where they were kept until Sunday, the militia sources said.
“ISWAP had warned farmers from burning shrubs and thicket in the area which give them cover from Nigerian troops,” militia leader Umar Kachalla told AFP.
They were released after the men were flogged “as punishment and warning”, he said.
His account was corroborated by Umar Ari, another militia leader.
“They were lucky to have been taken by ISWAP and not Boko Haram who would have killed the men and enslaved the women and the…
Source: Guardian Newspaper