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“Boko Haram know me and fear me” – Meet Aisha Bakari Gombi, the “Queen Hunter”



Among the thousands of hunters enlisted by the Nigerian army to track and capture Boko Haram fighters, Aisha Bakari Gombi stands out from the crowd.

Al Jazeera profiles this woman who knows Sambisa like the back of her hand and is referred to as Queen Hunter, a title given to her for bravery on the battlefield.

A commander, hunter and wife, leads a squad of men aged 15-30 who communicate using sign language, animal sounds and even birdsong to fight against one of the deadliest armed groups in the world.

Boko Haram know me and fear me,” says Bakari Gombi whose band of hunters has rescued hundreds of men, women and children.

While she is unable to liberate many more captives held by Boko Haram due to a lack of resources, she will never stop trying, and her story has become folklore in northern Nigeria.

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  1. Papermoon

    April 18, 2018 at 9:04 pm

    And you think publishing their pictures here help them how????

  2. Nakoms

    April 18, 2018 at 9:46 pm

    …..her mien, her visage, her gait……in the traditions of queen Amina of Zaria……

  3. Marsala

    April 18, 2018 at 9:49 pm

    Well Done beautiful queen! Please stay safe out there. You are doing us proud!

  4. Nakoms

    April 18, 2018 at 10:00 pm

    …….Why, man, she doth bestride the Sambuca forest, like a Colossus, and we petty people. Walk under legs and peep about. To find ourselves dishonourable graves……..
    (My Shakespeare)

  5. nnenne

    April 18, 2018 at 10:35 pm

    This is surely the era of Queen Amina. Please don’t even try to convince me Nigeria is in the 21st century. #Regression not progression. Sad much!

  6. Letty

    April 19, 2018 at 4:08 am

    Why should she not have the resources to fight evil? Only in Nigeria. Look at her posture brave powerful woman. I’m in awe. Slay clueless mamas where are you? Look at our fellow awesome woman

    • Nat

      April 19, 2018 at 7:38 am

      @John when you have enough courage to kill a chicken come back and talk about over-hype. Trolling everywhere.

  7. John

    April 19, 2018 at 4:11 am

    clearly overhyped and too much PC

    • Bleed Blue

      April 19, 2018 at 8:47 am

      We know it’s not the story that offends you, but the gender of the subject of the story.

      John, when will enough be enough?

  8. Letty

    April 19, 2018 at 4:33 am

    Look at the beauty, boldness, fortitude, tenacity and wisdom of this unsung heroine. I’m speechless…

  9. Wog

    April 19, 2018 at 11:24 am

    It’s so sad this is Nigeria, I am so emotional right now ?. God bless and keep you Aisha

  10. Tincan

    April 19, 2018 at 12:05 pm


  11. Sara TG

    April 19, 2018 at 6:30 pm

    Oh My God be quiet! Is everyone is Nigeria delusional?

  12. Bobosteke

    April 20, 2018 at 1:15 pm

    And Al-Jazeera had to be the one to inform us about her and her efforts…. Sad much….?

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