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General News of Wednesday, 29 September 2021


Borno: Over 20 fishermen feared dead after alleged Nigerian military airstrike

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More than 20 fishermen in Dabar Masara, a Local Government Area in Borno state have lost their lives after an alleged airstrike by the Nigerian military.

According to eyewitnesses, a Nigerian fighter jet attacked the Kwatar Daban Masara in Lake Chad, which straddles Nigeria and Niger, Chad and Cameroon.

Reports indicate that the area is a bastion for the IS-affiliated Islamic State West Africa Province (ISWAP) and it was also alleged that the insurgents recently lifted a ban on fishermen in its territory, allowing them to move in and fish in the freshwater lake for a fee. That led to an influx of fishermen who had abandoned the area.

“Any fisherman that goes to that area does so at his own risk because it is enemy territory and there is no way of differentiating them from the terrorists.

“From the information, we have been receiving the death toll is much higher than 20,” a resident of the area revealed.

Another person from nearby Daban Masara said Kwatar Daban Masara which is on the shores of the lake, is the “gateway to ISWAP’s camps on several islands” and a supply route for the jihadists.

Another source said, “In one of the locations attacked, we were told that 10 persons were evacuated and buried that same day.

“Maybe they mistook them for Boko Haram for which I won’t blame them, but those were our relatives and they were only out looking for their daily bread because even if they stay at home nobody will give them food.

"This is coming barely two weeks after more than 10 villagers were killed in a similar airstrike during a pursuit of Boko Haram insurgents in neighbouring Yobe State."

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