Suspected gunmen from the militant group Boko Haram kidnapped at least 20 young mothers in the northeast village of Garkin Fulani, Nigeria, close to the town where anywhere from 200 to 300 schoolgirls were abducted in April.
According to the Daily Mail, reports of the Saturday abductions came in after the group murdered hundreds of villagers in the northeast part of the country.
It is unclear how many women exactly were kidnapped from the nomadic settlement, however one local leader estimated it to be as high as 40.
Local sources reported that Boko Haram gunmen entered the settlement while all the men were away herding cattle, and forced the young mothers at gun point out of their homes and into the group’s vehicles. Three men who were left behind to guard the village were also taken.
A local village official went on record to say that this is not the first time such a kidnapping has taken place. Boko Haram gunmen have entered the village sporadically in the past and take away women, demanding cattle as payment for their release.
“They come and go door-to-door bringing women outside and select young women and take them away in their vehicles and demand between 30 and 40 cows for their release”, explained the official.
The villagers would always pay the ransom, however they were too afraid to ever report these incidents to state officials.
“This is the first time we are hearing abduction of Fulani women and we are working to establish the circumstances surrounding the kidnap and necessary action to take,” said a Borno official.
There has been no contact between the kidnappers and the villagers, and there is no indication as to where the women were taken. So far, the government has taken no public action in the matter.
The kidnapping is part of a series of violent attacks in the area by Bokko Haram. Since last Thursday, there have been reports of the group going around villages where they have abducted and murdered locals.