Boko Haram kills 19 Nigerian herders in clashes: Resources

KANO: Boko Haram Jihadists shot down 19 cows on Saturday in the northeast, civilian and militia sources told AFP sources on Sunday.

Ethnic Fulani herders, besieged by a spate of armed attacks targeting their cattle, pursued Boko Haram, sparking a fierce gunfight outside Fuhe village, near Ngala close to the border with.

Insurgents killed 19 of the herdsmen in the fight, anti-jihadist militia leader Umar Kachalla told AFP.

The bodies of the killed herbs were taken to the militia police, Kachalla said.

The herders had earlier repelled an attack by Boko Haram fighters who invaded the village to steal livestock, killing one of the militants, Mada said.

The herbs then decided to pursue the jihadists and fight them once and for all, Mada said, but were overrun.

The herdsmen were subdued by the better armed Boko Haram gunmen, he said.

Jihadists then returned to Fuhe village and burned houses and food supplies as the herds fled, according to Ngala resident Abubakar Yusuf, who found the bodies at the police station.

Boko Haram has increasingly targeted farmers, herders and loggers, accusing them of spying and passing information to the military and the local militia fighting them.

They also carried out attacks on breeding communities, seizing cattle - an important commodity in the region - to fund their operations.

Boko Haram and rival Islamic State West Africa Province (ISWAP) are known to operate in areas around Ngala and the neighboring town of Gamboru.

ISWAP has focused on targeting military installations and troops since 2018 while Boko Haram faction is notorious for indiscriminate attacks on civilians.

However, ISWAP has been blamed for the recent increase in attacks on civilians.

In August 2014 Boko Haram seized Ngala and Gamboru, a trading hub, but Nigerian troops retook both towns in September 2015 with the help of the Chadian military.

Despite recapturing the area, jihadist fighters continue to launch sporadic attacks, ambush troops and vehicles, as well as attack and abduct farmers.

In November last year Boko Haram abducted around 50 loggers at Bulakesa village outside Gamboru.

The decade-long battle has killed 35,000 people and displaced nearly two million from their homes.

Violence spread to neighborhoods, Chad and Cameroon, prompting the formation of a regional military coalition to fight jihadists.

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