- The Washington Times - Monday, October 21, 2013

Boko Haram gunmen disguised as Nigerian military personnel shot and hacked to death 19 people on Sunday near the country’s border with Cameroon.

The terrorists, riding motorcycles and armed with Kalashnikovs, blocked the highway near the town of Logumani and also torched three trucks, Agence France-Presse reported.

“We have recovered 19 dead bodies from the scene of the attack by Boko Haram gunmen,” Musa Abur, leader of a civilian vigilante group in the area, told AFP.

“Five of the victims, who included two truck drivers and their assistants, were shot dead while the rest were slaughtered,” he said.

A survivor told AFP a similar story.

“We were asked to get out of our vehicles and lie face down by nine men dressed as soldiers who blocked the road around 5:00 am,” said a man identified only as Buba. “They shot dead five people and went about slaughtering 14 others before someone called them on the phone that soldiers were heading their way.”

“We knew they were Boko Haram from their appearance. Soldiers don’t wear beards but some of the gunmen were bearded,” added Buba, who was shot in the leg. “Everyone in this area knows Boko Haram is on the prowl, raiding villages and attacking vehicles. It has become a common occurrence.”