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Militants kidnap five family members in Nigeria

MAIDUGURI, September 7 – FIVE family members are unaccounted for after their abduction by the Boko Haram terror group northeast of Nigeria.

The abductees included a woman along with her sister and three young daughters, were kidnapped by the Islamic militants while travelling from Dikwa to Maiduguri in the restive Borno State.

Their vehicle was reportedly left behind by a convoy after it encountered mechanical problems.

The United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) lamented the prevalence of such attacks by the group.

“Road kidnappings and attacks remain daily threats to travellers in the north-east,” said a UNHCR spokesperson.

“Even with military escorts, the militants are able to infiltrate and cause damage to commuters and military personnel.”

In June, ten military personnel were killed and a similar number of university workers were unaccounted for after Boko Haram extremists attacked their convoy in the region.

The military was providing security for oil exploration workers in the troubled Borno.

The state is the epicentre of the Boko Haram insurgency.

Kidnappings are the hallmark of the militants during their almost decade-long campaign to carve an Islamic state in the West African country.

Over 20 000 civilians have been killed and 2 million displaced in the region.

– CAJ News

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