ISWAP kidnaps 45 women in Borno State: Jihadist violence continues to plague northeastern Nigeria

45 Women Kidnapped by Terrorists in Northeast Nigeria

In the northeastern region of Nigeria, a group of terrorists from Islamic State in West Africa Province (ISWAP) kidnapped at least 45 women while they were collecting firewood near the border with Cameroon. The attack took place in Ngalan, Borno state, and left many families devastated.

Muhammad Goni, leader of the Civilian Joint Task Force (CJTF), stated that a majority of the women were taken by gunmen while they were outside the internally displaced people’s camp in Ngala. He also confirmed that 45 out of the 60 women detained by ISWAP were kidnapped, while some managed to escape and return to the IDP camp. The CJTF has been working closely with the military to try and rescue the kidnapped women and engage in negotiations with the kidnappers.

The incident has not been officially confirmed by Borno state police spokesperson Nahum Kenneth, as there has been no response from him yet. However, a military source who wished to remain anonymous confirmed that a kidnapping had taken place but did not provide a specific number of hostages. This source also revealed that more troops have been deployed to the area for a rescue operation.

Northeastern Nigeria has become a hotbed for jihadist groups like Boko Haram and ISWAP, who aim to establish an Islamic state in the region. This violence has resulted in significant casualties and displacement of people, with over 35,000 deaths and 2.7 million internally displaced persons in Nigeria and neighboring countries like Cameroon, Chad, and Niger as reported by UN and Nigerian government officials.

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