Not less than 26 fishermen were shot dead in an attack by suspected members of the Islamic State of the West Africa Province (ISWAP) in Gamborun Ngala, Ngala Local Government Area of Borno State.
It was gathered that the fishermen were killed on Wednesday, while fishing and fetching firewood in Mukdolo village, located about 19 kilometres north of Dikwa town, in the State.
Information obtained by Zagazola Makama, a Counter-Insurgency Expert and Security Analyst in the Lake Chad region, revealed that scores of the terrorists riding on motorcycles stormed the field and began shooting the fishermen sporadically.
A security source, who confirmed the incident, said about nine of the fishermen managed to flee with three of the victims with bullet wounds, while the rest were rounded up by the gunmen and murdered.
“They asked them to lay down. Thereafter, they used their fishing net and wrapped them before they started torturing them. After they became unconscious, they opened fire on them, killing them instantly.
“The bodies of the 26 farmers were later recovered during a search and rescue operation by troops, who received the information from 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 terrorists and some of his fighters during a fighting patrol in Mukdolo village.
“The victims will be buried on Thursday,” the source revealed.