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Terrorists Kill 32 Fishermen In Northeast Nigeria

Villagers had been ordered by the Islamic State not to fish in a river, but they ignored the warning. The terrorists returned and murdered dozens of people. 

Terrorists from the Islamic State have killed dozens of men as they fished in a river in Borno. 

At least 32 were shot dead on the afternoon of March 8 at the outskirts of Dikwa, a border community in Borno state northeast Nigeria, local sources say. 

The victims were rounded up and killed when they were discovered fishing in a river the Islamic State of West Africa Province had warned them to keep off. 

The killings occurred in Mukdolo village, about 19 km from Dikwa town, a local volunteer security personnel of the Civilian Joint Task Force said.


The volunteer, named Abba-Modu, said the fishermen had been ordered to stay away from the restricted water. Terrorists had previously killed one of the fishermen as a warning of what would be meted on them should they infringe again. 

“The Boko Haram people said the river was there, and no villagers were allowed to fish there,” Modu said. 

“The fishermen thought the Boko Haram gunmen were bluffing, so they went back yesterday to fish. It was where they were there that the gunmen stormed the place and rounded 32 of them up.”

“After tying them up with their fishing nets, they opened fire and massacred 32 of them,” he said. 

It is thought ten of the fishermen escaped.


Abba-Modu said the corpses of the victims were retrieved on the afternoon of March 8th by a joint team of military and local security operatives.  

“They are being buried at Dikwa as we speak now,” he said. 

 Efforts to get officials from Dikwa, a town 90 km northeast of Maiduguri, were unsuccessful as both the representative of the area at the state Assembly and the acting chairman of the council did not respond.

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Abdulkareem Haruna

Abdulkareem Haruna is a Nigerian journalist who has provided extensive coverage of the Lake Chad conflict in north-eastern Nigeria for over a decade. A graduate of English Language with a Diploma in Mass Communications. He previously worked as an assistant editor with Premium Times and Leadership Newspaper. Haruna has a strong knowledge of the Northeast and follows the trends in the region closely.

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