At least 20 loggers have been killed in northeast Nigeria after Boko Haram Takfiri terrorists opened fire on them in the militants' latest attack against civilians.
Residents and anti-Boko Haram militia said on Friday that gunmen on motorbikes opened fire on a group of loggers while they were collecting firewood at Kaje village, near the capital of Borno State, Maiduguri, on Monday.
"They (Boko Haram) killed 20 people in the attack. Fifteen others are missing and presumed kidnapped by the attackers," said civilian militia leader Ibrahim Liman.
Details of the attack have been slow to emerge because of limited communications infrastructure after years of fighting in the remote region.
Shuaibu Sidi, a resident of Kaje, confirmed Liman's account and said his brother was among the victims.
More than 20,000 people have been killed since Boko Haram started its deadly campaign in northeast Nigeria in 2009. The violence has claimed many lives in neighboring countries of Chad, Niger, and Cameroon as well.