By Theodore Shoebat
Another brutal massacre has taken place in Nigeria, and this time the victims were fishermen. Boko Haram Muslim terrorists took 48 innocent fishermen, cut their throats, they then tied the rest and threw them into the water to drown. According to one report:
The head of the fish traders association said the incident happened in Nigeria’s restive Borno State.
“Scores of Boko Haram fighters blocked a route linking Nigeria with Chad near the fishing village of Doron Baga on the shores of Lake Chad on Thursday and killed a group of 48 fish traders on their way to Chad to buy fish,” Abubakar Gamandi said.
He said the insurgents set up a barricade at Dogon Fili, 15 kilometres from Doron Baga, and stopped a convoy of fish vendors about midday.
The attackers killed their victims silently without the use of the gun to avoid attracting attention from the multi-national troops.
Nigeria fish traders association’s Abubakar Gamandi
“The Boko Haram gunmen slit the throats of some of the men and tied the hands and legs of the others before throwing them into the lake to drown,” Mr Gamandi said.
Doron Baga, 180 kilometres from Maiduguri, is the base of the Multi-National Joint Task Force (MNJTF), comprising troops from Nigeria, Chad and Niger fighting the Islamist group.
The MNJTF was formed in 1998 to fight trans-border crime but its mandate was expanded to counter the Boko Haram insurgency in the volatile region.
Mr Gamandi claimed the assailants killed all of their victims without using their guns.
“The attackers killed their victims silently without the use of the gun to avoid attracting attention from the multi-national troops,” he said.
A military officer in Maiduguri confirmed the attack but said details were sketchy.
“We heard of the attack near Doron Baga but we don’t have any details because the area falls under the operational jurisdiction of the MNJTF,” the military officer said.
News of the attack was slow to emerge due to the destruction of mobile phone towers in the area by Boko Haram in previous attacks.