Boko Haram kidnaps 22 girls and women in north-east Nigeria

Attackers loyal to faction headed by Abu Musab Al-Barnawi, lad of Boko Haram founder Mohammed Yusuf

Boko Haram Islamists have abducted 22 girls and women in two detached raids in north-east Nigeria, both residents and vigilantes said.

In the first attack on Thursday, the jihadists attacked the village of Pulka near the border with Cameroon where they seized 18 girls.

Boko Haram soldiers from Mamman Nur camp arrived in pickup vans around 6am and abducted 14 young girl aged 17 and below while inhabitants fled into the bush, a Pulka community leader said.

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They picked four other girls who were absconding the raid they came across in the bush outside the village, said the community leader who asked not to be reputation for nervousnes of reprisals.

According to the official, the attackers were steadfast to the faction headed by Abu Musab Al-Barnawi, the lad of Boko Haram founder Mohammed Yusuf. Barnawi was appointed last year by Isis to supersede leader Abubakar Shekau, who had pledged obedience to the jihadist group in 2015.

Another resident fortified the raid and said the girls were likely to end up as brides for the fighters. They didnt harm anyone during the raid and they moved no attempt to shoot beings running away from the village, said the resident.

In the second incident outside the village of Dumba, close to Lake Chad, the jihadists killed a herdsman who had tried to escape after refusing to pay protection fund, enunciated Adamu Ahmed, a member of an anti-Boko Haram militia.

When the Boko Haram gunmen came for the money they realised he had left with everything and they decided to go after him on their motorcycles, Ahmed enunciated. They caught up with him near Dumba where they slaughtered him and shot dead 50 of his cattle.

They made four maidens from the mans family and the rest of the herd, he said.

The promotion of Barnawi discovered divides of the working group, as Shekau had been criticised for mass smothers and suicide attacks against civilians.

Barnawi and his right-hand follower Mamman Nur, who is seen as the real leader, had predicted inhabitants in areas under their limitation has not been able to be mischief as long as they did not cooperate with Nigerian troops crusading Boko Haram. But in recent weeks the Islamist soldiers have intensified raids in such areas near Lake Chad, embezzling nutrient from residents.

They have also killed various civilians they accused of cooperating with the military.

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