Eighteen people believed to be firewood and charcoal scavengers were killed by suspected members of dreaded Boko Haram sect in Koshebe general area of Jere local government area of Borno state, Blueprint has gathered Tuesday.
The incident, sources said, took place Monday when the victims went to the village to scavenge for firewood and charcoal for the purpose of selling same to residents of Maiduguri, the state capital.
Jere is one of the unsafe communities around Maiduguri metropolis.
A security source who pleaded for anonymity said 10 bodies were evacuated from the scene of the attacks to Maiduguri, leaving 8 other corpses at the scene due to inaccessibility.
Another source said he saw security vehicles conveying the dead bodies along Kadamari- Maiduguri road at about 2pm Tuesday.
“There was an attack and ambush on firewood sellers (who had gone to the bush to fetch their products) by suspected members of Boko Haram terrorists in Koshebe general area of Jere local government area of Borno state.
“18 dead bodies were seen at the scene of the attacks, but as it is, only 10 dead bodies were recovered and evacuated so far by our security forces in conjunction with members of Civilian Joint Task Force (CJTF).
“The remaining 8 dead bodies were yet to be evacuated due to inaccessibility of the area,” the source further said.