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ISWAP Abducts 15 Passengers, Including Int’l NGO Staff, Force Them Into Sambisa

Islamic State of West African Province (ISWAP) has kidnapped fifteen passengers including staff working with International Non-governmental organisations.

It was gathered that the passengers were abducted in Damboa Local Government Area of Borno State.

The security source told Daily Trust that the insurgents struck near Gumsuri village in Damboa and waylaid motorists where the terrorists forcefully took the passengers into Sambisa forest.

The victims said to be mostly young people, had reportedly left Damboa town while heading for Adamawa, on Wednesday.

The insurgents, who mounted a checkpoint, were reportedly dressed in military camouflage.

“It is unfortunate that the insurgents continue their nefarious activities on the fringe of Sambisa forests, we have received reports that ISWAP kidnapped at least 15 persons (passengers) near Gumsuri village while allowing two others to go.

“They are desperate to recruit more people into their criminal activities. They deceived people because they dressed in military attire’s. It is sad and shocking.” a security source said.

The incident happened after the staff of the Borno State Ministry of Work, who was supervising the construction of about 45 kilometers Chibok-Damboa road, were kidnapped.

The abductors also went away with three trucks used in conveying sand to construction sites.

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