At least 30 loggers have been abducted in Borno state by Boko Haram militia on Tuesday, villagers say in Gamboru, near the Cameroon border.
The loggers had left for Wulgo village in nearby Marte district, 15 kilometres away, with their axes and wooden carts to collect wood to sell and raise money to buy food, said Umar Kachalla, a member of the local vigilante group.
The wood cutters mostly in their twenties, had left the town of Gamboru on the border with Cameroon Tuesday morning to fetch firewood in a Boko Haram hotspot.
The kidnapping took place barely a month after 30 troops vanished following a raid on a military base in the same region amid a surge in bloody violence.
Two weeks ago, Boko Haram gunmen shot dead 10 loggers from Gamboru in the bush outside Wulgo while collecting firewood, said another militia Shehu Mada, while speaking to the AFP.