Boko Haram militants have
kidnapped more than 400 women
and children from the northern
Nigerian town of Damasak that was
freed this month by troops from
Niger and Chad, Reuters quoted
residents as saying on Tuesday.
There was no immediate official
confirmation of the figure, but the
Islamist group has previously
carried out mass kidnappings. Boko
Haram in April 2014 adopted over
200 schoolgirls in Chibok.
“They (insurgents) took 506 young
women and children (in Damasak).
They killed about 50 of them before
leaving. We don’t know if they
killed others after leaving, but they
took the rest with them,” a trader
called Souleymane Ali told Reuters
in the town.
Troops of the African joint force last
week found the bodies of at least
70 people in an apparent execution
site under a bridge leading out of
Damasak, where the streets
remained strewn with debris and
burnt-out cars after the fighting.
Ali said his wife and three of his
daughters were among those
“Two of them were supposed to
get married this year. (Boko Haram)
said ‘They are slaves so we’re
taking them because they belong
to us,’” he said.
Mohamed Ousmane, another
trader, said the militants took his
two wives and three of their
A 40-year-old resident who gave
her name as Fana said fighters had
rounded up captives in the main
mosque before taking them out of
town. She said she saved her two
children by hiding them in her