ISWAP massacred 26 fishermen in Borno
By: Zagazola Makama
At least 26 fishermen were shot dead in an attack by suspected Islamic State of the West African (ISWAP) militants in the Nigeria's northeastern Gamborun Ngala, in Borno, security sources said on Wednesday.
The farmers were killed while fishing and fetching firewood in Mukdolo village, located about 19 kilometers north of Dikwa Town.
A Military sources told Zagazola Makama, a Counter-Insurgency Expert and Security Analyst in the Lake Chad region that when dozens of the terrorists riding on motorcycles stormed the field and began shooting sporadically.
The sources said that nine among the victims managed to fled, among them, three with bullet wounds but the gunmen surrounded the rest of the 26 victims at gun points.
The sources said "They asked them to lay down. Thereafter, they used their fishing net and wrapped on them before they started torturing them. After they became unconscious, they opened fire at them, killing them instantly.
The bodies of the 26 farmers were later recovered during search and rescue operation by troops who recieved the news by victims who fled the attack.
The attack on civilians came one week after the troops of Operation Hadin Kai intercepted and killed one Commander of the jihadists and some of his fighters during a fighting patrol in Mukdolo village.
The victims will be buried on Thursday.