A jihadist attack took place in Borno State, epicenter of the Islamist insurgency in Nigeria, Thursday, January 20, 2022. Twenty children were kidnapped and two people were killed, we learned this Friday.
Daesh in West Africa (Iswap) fighters invaded the village of Piyemi, not far from Chibok, killing two men and kidnapping 20 children, including thirteen girls, confirmed Agence France-Presse. The assailants, who came from the forest near Sambisa, “loaded the 20 children into a truck and drove them into the forest,” another resident, Silas John, told AFP. A community leader from the Chibok area, Ayuba Alamson, confirmed this information.
A burnt church
“This is the third attack in recent days, which further highlights the threats hanging over the inhabitants of the villages around Chibok”, in northeastern Nigeria, he said.
The inhabitants of Piyemi who had fled their village when the jihadists arrived returned there on Friday, after spending the night outside.
A church was notably burned by the jihadists, according to another resident, who requested anonymity. A local authority official confirmed the attack, but was unable to say how many people had been abducted.
In 2014, already 270 women kidnapped
The attack took place near the town of Chibok, whose name remains associated with the 2014 abduction by the Islamist group Boko Haram of more than 270 young girls aged 12 to 17, which caused a huge wave of international outrage and a campaign called #BringBackOurGirls for their release.
Nearly half of them are still missing, many of whom were forcibly married to jihadist fighters.