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ISWAP kills 30 metal scavengers in Borno

Metal scavengers mostly comprise young males who go about especially at dump cites in search of metals which eventually get recycled.

No fewer than 30 people have been killed by Islamic State for West Africa Province (ISWAP) fighters in Jarawa village, Kala Balge Local government area of Borno state. 

Kala Balge which borders Cameroon Republic is 150km away from Maiduguri, the Borno capital. 

A resident of the area, Baba Ali Grema told Radio Nigeria that the incident occurred on Sunday at Jarawa village, 30km away from Rann, headquarters of Kala Balge. 

According to Grema, the incident occurred when youths of the area went in search of scrap metals and were ambushed by the ISWAP fighters killing about 30 people, abducted unspecified number while many others escaped.

He explained that because of the relative peace, people of the area move to nearby communities without security clearance in search of means of livelihood. 

“There has been significant reduction in attacks on Rann and other adjourning communities, that was why they even travelled up to 30km in search of scrap metals popularly called ‘Ajaokuta’ when the unfortunate incident happened. We are still searching for some missing persons, but now we have recovered 30 people” Grema said.

Malam Baba Ali Grema called on security agents to fortify the area as the people are currently living in apprehension. 

Another resident who lost a relative in the attack Haruna Ibrahim expressed sadness at the incident, saying the victims have left women and children in dire need of assistance. 

According to him 31 people were killed and only 2 elderly people escaped the attack. 

There is no immediate response from the military on the attack. 

Reporting by Dauda Iliya; editing by Muzha Kucha