Boko Haram suspects on camels beheaded 11 local wood cutters in Borno State.
The killings occurred near Bale, a remote village in Damboa Local Government Area of the state.
A reliable source who is a member of a vigilante group in the area confirmed the incident to The Punch on Tuesday, November 28.
According to a local neighborhood watch source, the victim’s dismembered body was found at the scene around 5 pm.
‘We found the bodies of six loggers massacred by Boko Haram on Monday evening.
‘None of them survived the attack. Their bodies were found badly dismembered and sunk in a pool of blood.
‘We immediately arranged to bury their bodies in the evening according to Islamic rites. There are still five people missing and we are praying that they will escape. But so far we do not know if they escaped or were abducted,” the source added.
Another member of the vigilante group said, “The loggers were working in a charcoal burner when they were suddenly rounded up by terrorists, who rejected all pleas for mercy from the victims but killed the six immediately.
‘They surrounded the victims on camels. We saw camel tracks. There were about 15 camel tracks.
Some of the lucky loggers ran as fast as they could while being chased by Boko Haram members.
‘Camels can’t run as fast as horses, and above all, the victims are used to this terrain.
“Later, we were informed of the situation in the area and mobilized to go to the scene, only to find six bodies dismembered and left at the site.
This morning, five more bodies were found. However, soldiers, along with vigilantes, are currently in the area and searching the forest”.