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Suspected Boko Haram terrorists kill three loggers and abduct about 40 others in northeastern Nigeria’s Borno State.
Eyewitness told the AFP news agency that the loggers were cutting down trees at the Wulgo forest near the Cameroonian border.
BBC Hausa Service reports that the area is known for its militant activities, where many camps are located. The miners went to Wulgo Forest in search of wood but did not return until late in the evening, which led to their search by hunters – the hunters saw three bodies shot in the back.
“In all likelihood, all three men were shot after attempting to escape because all of them were shot in the past,” said a local hunter.
There have been no cell lines in the area for a long time as a result of Boko Haram attacks and the breaking of poles. This has forced locals to use Cameroonian routes.
Boko Haram militants have been attacking woodcutters and farmers for allegedly providing information to soldiers and guerrillas.
Authorities have warned militants to stay away from the bush, but reports say they are being forced to do so because they have been cutting down trees in peaceful areas.
The Boko Haram insurgency has killed more than 36,000 people and displaced more than one million from their homes, according to the United Nations.