On Saturday in Northeast Nigeria, Boko Haram Jihadist killed 19 Fulani Herdsmen in clashes according to civilian militia sources and residents.
Armed Boko Haram fighters besieged the ethnic Fulani herders, attacked their cattle sparking a fierce gunfight outside Fuhe village, near Ngala close to the border with Cameroon.
“The insurgents killed 19 of the herdsmen in the fight,” anti-jihadist militia leader Umar Kachalla said.
Kachalla said bodies of the slain herders were brought to the police station by militiamen.
The herders had killed one of the militants while repelling attack by Boko Haram fighters who invaded the village to steal livestock.
The herders were overwhelmed when they decided to pursue the jihadists and finish them “once and for all”
“The herdsmen were subdued by the better-armed Boko Haram gunmen,” he said.
Jihadists then returned to Fuhe village and burnt homes and food supplies while herds fled, according to Ngala resident Abubakar Yusuf, who saw the dead bodies at the police station.
Boko Haram had repeatedly attacked farmers, herders and loggers. They accuse them of spying and passing information to the military and local militiamen fighting them.
To fund their operations, Boko Haram has been raiding herding communities, seizing cattle – a valuable commodity in the region.
Boko Haram and rival Islamic State West Africa Province (ISWAP) are known to operate in areas around Ngala and the neighbouring town of Gamboru.
While ISWAP focuses on military installations and troops, Boko Haram faction is known for indiscriminate attacks on civilians.
However, ISWAP has been blamed for a recent increase in attacks on civilians.
In August 2014 Boko Haram seized Ngala and Gamboru, a trading hub, but Nigerian troops retook both towns in September 2015 with the help of the Chadian military.
Though the area has been recaptured, militants continue to launch sporadic attacks, ambushing troops and vehicles, as well as attacking and abducting farmers.
50 loggers were abducted in November last year by Boko Haram at Bulakesa village outside Gamboru.
Over 35,000 people have been killed and 2 million displaced from their homes in the decades-old conflict.
The violence has spread to neighbouring Niger, Chad and Cameroon, prompting the formation of a regional military coalition to fight the jihadists.