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Niger: Muslims seize fishermen’s catch as ‘booty,’ murder some of the fishermen



“Fight against those do not believe in Allah or the last day, and do not forbid what Allah and his messenger have forbidden, and do not follow the religion of truth, even if they are among the people of the book, until they pay the jizya with willing submission and feel themselves subdued.” (Qur’an 9:29)

“Boko Haram jihadists kill fishermen in Lake Chad: sources,” by Aminu Abubakar, Modern Ghana, September 1, 2022:

Boko Haram jihadists have rounded up Nigerian fishermen, abducting some and killing others in Niger’s side of Lake Chad, according to a security source, a local official and fishermen in the region….

Fighters rounded up dozens of fishermen from Kwatar Kaoulaha island in Diffa region on Sunday through Monday, slaughtering some and taking others hostage for disobeying a directive to leave the area, fishermen told AFP.

“Many fishermen were killed and others taken hostage by Boko Haram fighters loyal to Baakura Buduma for failing to leave the area as ordered,” fisherman Kallah Sani said, referring to a local Boko Haram faction chief.

Sani could not provide a specific toll but said those who escaped told him dozens of fishermen were on the island at the time of the attack.

Sani was among around 300 fishermen who obeyed the one-hour quit notice, leaving behind their catch and other possessions for the jihadists.

“They told us that they would take all our possessions as booty since our government has seized their money,” he told AFP.

Boko Haram had on Friday ordered the fishermen, who were mostly from northwest Nigeria, to vacate the area and leave possessions as booty for the jihadists, said a second fisherman, Anas Ibrahim….

The vast, swampy Lake Chad basin stretches across the borders of Nigeria, Niger, Cameroon and Chad, and the jihadists have used its many small islands as shelter.

In 2014, Boko Haram seized islands on Lake Chad after deadly attacks, forcing fishing communities to flee their homes. Boko Haram still controls islands on the Niger side of the lake.

In 2020, the Islamic State West Africa Province group, which split from Boko Haram, seized most areas controlled by Boko Haram and allowed fishermen to return after paying royalties on their catch.