Suspected Boko Haram insurgents kill one, abduct many travellers along Damaturu-Maiduguri highway

By our reporter| Heavily armed gunmen, believed to be Boko Haram insurgents on Friday evening attacked passengers along Maiduguri – Damaturu highway, abducting many and killed one person.

Four persons were also injured during the attack.

According to an eye witness account, the insurgents blocked a bad portion of the road at Kondiri village near Jakana town in Konduga Local Government Area of Borno State.

The gunmen who were dressed in combat fatigues, had two trucks mounted with an anti-aircraft artillery “stationed by the roadside just like the way troops operate.”

A survivor of the attack told a national publication that their vehicle almost ran into the barricade, which he said could be mistaken for patrols, before the ‘driver sensed danger ahead’ and swerved into the bush and made a U-turn.

He said, “God saved us; our driver had prior experience and while we were approaching the scene, where a bus and two golf cars were intercepted, he made a U-turn into bush. There were gunshots at the scene.

“The cars were later allowed to go. We returned to Benishek town where we spent the night and this morning (Saturday), we continued our journey to Maiduguri. We saw the remains of four vehicles including truck carrying cement burnt down at the scene.”

 

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