Jihadists take hundreds hostage in northeast Nigeria

Jihadists have taken hundreds of civilians hostage from a town in northeast Nigeria, locals and militia sources said Wednesday.

Militants from the Islamic State West Africa Province (ISWAP), an offshoot of Boko Haram, arrived in Kukawa in the Lake Chad region late on Tuesday with 22 trucks and were locked in a battle with guards securing the area, said Babakura Kolo, head of a local militia.

The people who were seized had just returned to their homes after spending nearly two years in displacement camps.

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