March 6, 2018: Boko Haram massacres loggers

On March 6, 2018 four loggers were killed when they stepped on a landmine left by Boko Haram in northeastern Nigeria

DIKWA, NIGERIA – It is hard enough trying to get fuel to live and material to build without having to deal with terrorists.

Many of us are very lucky when it comes to our lifestyles. We have ready access to food, services, transportation, schools…you name it. This is, of course, very different from earlier times when none of the above were within easy reach.

Alas, for much of the world today all these amenities are still a challenge. In many parts of Africa, for example, people (usually but not exclusively women) need to go out daily to get food and fuel to cook that food. This often is in the form of wood for home fires. There is also a thriving lumber industry.

What I wouldn’t give for an electric stove! (Photo: International Rivers on flickr, CC BY-NC-SA 2.0)

On this day in 2018

Four loggers were killed when they stepped on a landmine left by Boko Haram near Dikwa, 90 kilometres east of the capital of Nigeria’s Borno state, Maiduguri. The four had gone to retrieve a vehicle abandoned the previous day following another Boko Haram ambush that left three dead.

Four people died yesterday just outside Dikwa as a result of an explosion from a mine planted by Boko Haram.

Militia leader Babakura Kolo

Many Nigerians have turned to felling trees from the surrounding bushland to sell as firewood to make money to buy extra provisions. And by doing so they expose themselves to terrorist risks. That is unfair.

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By Phil Gurski

Phil Gurski is the President and CEO of Borealis Threat and Risk Consulting Ltd. Phil is a 32-year veteran of CSE and CSIS and the author of six books on terrorism.

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