Hundreds of people have been taken hostage by jihadists in Nigerian town

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Hundreds of people in a city in northeast Nigeria were taken hostage by jihadists from the so-called Islamic State group on Wednesday, local sources, and militias said.

Local media chief Babakura Kolo said “terrorists” from the Islamic State of West Africa (ISWAP) province seized control of Kukawa in the Lake Chad region on Tuesday evening and captured people who had just returned home after nearly two years. Offset. The fields.

“Terrorists attacked the city yesterday around 4:00 pm (4:00 pm GMT) with 22 trucks and dedicated soldiers guarding the city in a fierce battle,” Kolo said.

The residents of Kukawa returned home on August 2, accompanied by the army, on the orders of the Borno State authorities.

They were living in camps in the regional capital Maiduguri, where they fled after a bloody attack in November 2018.

A security source who confirmed the incident to AFP said: “Maiduguri launched fighter jets on Wednesday to” remedy the situation “without giving details.

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Two million people have been forced out of their homes as a result of the ten-year jihadist conflict, most of them from northern Borno.

Source(s): AFP

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