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Published On: Wed, Oct 1st, 2014

Boko Haram kidnaps 35 fleeing Gwoza residents

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From Mustapha Isah Kwaru, Maiduguri

No fewer than 35 fleeing residents of Gwoza in Borno state, among whom were a woman and her twins, were kidnapped by members of the Boko Haram sect on Tuesday.

Our correspondent gathered that the victims were kidnapped behind the Gwoza hills, where they sought refuge after being displaced from their residents.

Executive Chairman of Stefanos Foundation, Mr. Mark Lipdo, quoting sources from the residents, said that three of those kidnapped have died in the hands of their abductors.

Lipdo said that one Mrs. Maryamu Emmanuel (with newly born set of twins) and one Dauda Vurgwha, with three children, were among those kidnapped on Tuesday evening.

He gave the names of others kidnapped as Rhoda Habila, Yohanna Ndoka, Esther Habila, Alheri Yohanna Duwara, Grace Ezekiel, Hauwa Amos Ksuda, and Mrs. Bitrus Fambiya.

Others were Sama’ila Dugja, Tabitha Joshua, Nuhu Joshua, Luka Joshua, Aaron Joshua, Hauwa Takawara, Thuma Ghwada, Dughwa Gwajaga, and Dauda Zhigaga.

He said three of the victims were reported dead, while one of them suffered a heart attack.

“Some of them managed to escape from their abductors,” he said.


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