Women Taken Hostage by Boko Haram ‘Forced by the Terror Sect into Acting as Conscripts’

Colin Freeman, Telegraph, May 3, 2015

Women taken hostage by Boko Haram militants in Nigeria opened fire on soldiers who tried to rescue them from a remote mountain hideout, it was disclosed on Sunday.

The women–apparently forced by the terror sect into acting as conscripts–shot at the unsuspecting troops when they staged an operation to free them from the remote village of Nbita in north-east Nigeria last week. Seven soldiers were killed in the ensuing gunfight, in which a dozen of the women also died, according to officials who spoke to the Associated Press.

The captive females were among nearly 700 women and girls who have been rescued from Boko Haram hideouts in the vast Sambisa forest area in recent days.

They are now being looked after at a refugee camp in the eastern city of Yola, where many are showing signs of severe trauma and exhaustion. A number of the children also have distended stomachs and tinted orange hair–two signs of malnutrition.

Nigerian officials said that Boko Haram has captured thousands of women and girls in recent years, using them as cooks, sex slaves and human shields at their camps the remote bush areas.

Many are believed to have been abducted during raids on villages in which hundreds of menfolk were killed.

“Boko Haram killed the father of this child,” sobbed Lami Musa, a mother of four who was cradling a four-day-old girl at one refugee camp. “I have no idea where my other children are.”

Many of the hostages were in such a distressed state when they were found that they had no idea whether their rescuers meant them good or harm. Nigerian officials are trying to determine where the women and children are from.

So far, it does not appear that any of those released are from the group of more than 200 schoolgirls kidnapped from the town of Chibok a year ago, whose abduction first put Boko Haram in the international spotlight.

“Based on registration we have carried out so far, none of them is from Chibok,” said Zakari Abubakar, an official with the National Emergency Management Agency, which is looking after the hostages.

Ms Musa’s four-day-old baby was born the day before her group set off from the Sambisa forest area for a refugee camp in Yola, crammed into the backs of rickety, open pick-up trucks.

On the trip’s first day, one military vehicle escorting the group exploded a landmine, wounding two soldiers, according to a soldier traveling with them.

Boko Haram has been on the back foot militarily in recent months, having previously controlled an area of north-east Nigeria almost the size of Belgium.

The tide turned in the past nine weeks with a new infusion of armory including helicopter gunships, and a coalition with troops from neighboring countries.

Goodluck Jonathan, Nigeria’s outgoing president, vowed last week that he would “hand over a Nigeria completely free of terrorist strongholds” when he cedes power on May 29.

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  • dd121

    You don’t suppose the media has been lying about how eager the kidnapped are to return home, do you?

  • Women taken hostage by Boko Haram militants in Nigeria opened fire on
    soldiers who tried to rescue them from a remote mountain hideout, it was
    disclosed on Sunday.

    What’s this business about soldiers rescuing the hostages that Boko Haram held? We were told over and over that Twitter hashtags rescue hostages.

    • dukem1

      My thought exactly. These savages don’t even tweet!

  • Fed Up

    Maybe we should award those Bokonuts some kind of a medal. For helping, if only in a ultra-miniscule way, with Africa’s overpopulation problem. Africans being what they are, they breed like rats, then wave their beggar bowls at the advanced nations, demanding we help and feed them.

  • Caesar Avgvstvs

    Nigeria should be among the highly industrialized, oil-exporting countries of the world because of its vast mineral wealth, but instead it’s a hellhole wracked by terrorism and poverty. If there’s any proof that gene areas determine culture areas, it’s right here.

    • Lygeia

      Did you hear about the restaurant in Nigeria, in a hotel no less, that was serving human flesh?

      Authorities found human heads in the kitchen dripping with blood.

      We need to acknowledge that we have a real problem here with this race, otherwise we can’t really help them and they can’t help themselves.

      • Reynardine

        Dat’s just mmm-mmm fine home cookin’ mang. You just be rayciss because you don wan to try our fine ethnic cuisine.

      • TrueNorthFree

        When I read about that a few days ago I immediately thought it must be a joke or a lie so I did further research. A number of established newspapers have reported it, though, so I assume it really happened.
        So, in Nigeria, human flesh is being served in restaurants. What the hell is wrong with those people?

    • Light from the East

      I can predict their future:
      1. With the population growth, the overall GDP of the nation will grow. But the life quality is hardly improved. Only few “smart blacks” like dictators or business mafia will take the advantage for the idiocy of the other majority blacks.
      2. Crime rate will rise because there are too many young people cannot find a job to support themselves. The country does not have the ability to create its industry.
      3. Religion conflicts and terrorism will also rise since Nigeria have 50.4% Muslims. There is a possibility for Nigeria to become the central base of Islamic terrorism of all sub-Sahara Africa.
      4. Due to black people’s gregarious nature, the transmit of diseases is rampant. There will be a possibility that a breakout of an unknown disease will happen in the next 50 years (Virus & bacteria is pretty dynamic and active in humans’ body unlike lab condition).

      • Phoenixian Westernia

        I think there is a high chance of possibility of this coming true

        .

      • Rhialto

        Until I got to #3, I thought you were referring to the US.

  • Sick of it

    This should make things simpler. When the “hostages” are used as soldiers by the enemy, get rid of all of them in one swoop. The problem vanishes. Muslims are signing their own death warrants.

  • Lygeia

    The women taken hostage by Boko Haram claim they were “forced” into shooting their rescuers?

    Ok. Miss when you shoot.

    Don’t take seven of your rescuers out.

  • Hilis Hatki

    A purpose is a strong thing.

  • dukem1

    Goodluck Johnson..A Duke Graduate?

  • IstvanIN

    Nigeria would have been much better off if the country had split permanently after the Biafran War. The Igbo people, who are largely Christian, wouldn’t have to coexist with the Muslims. Lack of diversity mean more peace.

  • HE2

    Not our troops, I hope. Hopefully, they were all Afritards.

  • M.A

    Apparently the recent government successes against Boko Haram are entirely due to White South African mercenaries ….oops sorry….. Security Consultants. The Nigerian government naturally wanted to keep this aspect quiet.