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Boko Haram kidnaps 30 woodcutters in Borno State

The group of men had left for the Wulgo Village in the Borno State to collect wood early on Tuesday when they came under attack.

FILE: A Boko Haram flag flutters from an abandoned command post in Chad. Picture: AFP

NIGERIA - At least 30 loggers have been abducted in Borno State by Boko Haram in Gamboru, Borno State near the Cameroon border.

The group of men had left for the Wulgo Village in the Borno State to collect wood early on Tuesday when they came under attack.

The woodcutters, mostly in their 20s, had left the town of Gamboru on the border with Cameroon Tuesday morning to fetch firewood in a Boko Haram hotspot.

The kidnapping took place barely a month after 30 troops vanished following a raid on a military base in the same region amid a surge in bloody violence.

Two weeks ago, Boko Haram gunmen shot dead 10 loggers from Gamboru in the bush outside Wulgo while collecting firewood.

(Edited by Refilwe Pitjeng)