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Nigeria: Jihadist attack kills at least 30 in Borno State

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Published on: 05/24/2022 – 03:46 In retaliation for an army raid, Iswap jihadists carried out an attack on Saturday in the village of Mudu, in Borno State, Nigeria . The thirty victims were “scrap metal,” said two militia leaders on Tuesday. At least 30 people were killed in northeastern Nigeria in an attack by jihadists in retaliation for an army raid, two militia leaders reported on Tuesday (May 24th). This attack was carried out on Saturday in the village of Mudu, in Borno State near the border with Chad by jihadists from the Islamic State organization in West Africa (Iswap). It only became known on Tuesday due to the poor quality of the communications network, the jihadists having destroyed several telecommunications relays in the region. , which are numerous in villages in North Borno due to terrorist attacks,” Babakura Kolo, a militia leader in the regional capital Maiduguri, told AFP. The men killed in the attack had come on foot from camps for displaced people in the town of Rann, 80 km away. According to another militia leader, Umar Ari, the Iswap accused the scrap dealers of having the army on their positions in the region. “The thirty men had the misfortune to be in the area when the terrorists were mourning the death of their two commanders killed in a military operation,” Umar Ari told AFP. In recent weeks, the Nigerian army successfully carried out ground and air raids against Iswap and rival Boko Haram fighters, killing several jihadist commanders. Displaced 2.2 million people Iswap split from Boko Haram in 2016, and gradually the region’s most powerful jihadist group. Both groups are increasingly attacking civilians, including loggers, farmers and herders, whom they accuse of spying on them. killed more than 40,000 people and forced some 2.2 million people to leave their homes in northeastern Nigeria since 2009, according to the United Nations. Most of the displaced people live in camps and depend on food aid provided by humanitarian organizations. Many of them are forced to cut down trees in this arid region to obtain firewood, and to collect scrap metal which they sell to buy food. Jihadist violence in Nigeria has spread to Niger, in neighboring Chad and Cameroon. To combat them, the armies of the four countries, as well as that of Benin, reactivated in 2015 a Multinational Mixed Force (MMF), created in 1994 but very little operational since. With AFP

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