At least four Chadian villagers were killed and four women kidnapped on Saturday by Boko Haram jihadists in a hamlet in the Lake Chad area, said the area’s governor and an officer.
« Around one o’clock in the morning, elements of Boko Haram attacked the village of Alom, there were four dead and, when they withdrew, they kidnapped four women, » said a senior official of the army in the region, on condition of anonymity.
The governor of the province of Lake Chad, Nouki Charfadine, confirmed to the AFP that four men from the village had been killed in this attack which he also attributes to Boko Haram, and that « four women are missing ».
Alom, in western Chad, is not far from the Nigerian border.
On December 17, armed Boko Haram fighters killed 14 fishermen in a village nearby, in Kaiga, and 13 people were missing in the attack.
Nigeria, and in particular its eastern province of Borno, on the other side of the border with Chad, are the cradle of Boko Haram but the group has spread around Cameroon and Chad around the lake, in particular its branch which has rallied the extremist Islamic State (IS) group, ISWAP (Islamic State in West Africa).
Lake Chad, a vast expanse of water and swamps, on the borders of Nigeria, Cameroon and Chad, is riddled with islets that serve as hideouts for the jihadist group, which in recent months has increased the number of deadly attacks against civilians and security forces of the three countries.