Boko Haram insurgents on Friday attacked travelers along the Damaturu-Maiduguri road, abducting at least 35 commuters.
The insurgents, who reportedly appeared in military uniforms, attacked a large convoy of commuters near Garin Kuturu in Jakana at about 5 pm on Friday.
Military sources told TheCable that Boko Haram members were said to have mounted a roadblock on the highway with five Hilux vans before taking away the passengers.
“The passengers first sighted a burning fire, but they thought it was bush burning, not knowing that they had already ambushed a Dangote’s truck driver and set it ablaze,” a source said.
“But while they were approaching the scene, they sighted the insurgents storming towards them on trucks mounted with heavy weapons, before they could turn their vehicles to run, the insurgents had already caught up with them.
“Many of the passengers fled to the bush, 35 were abducted, two private vehicles and one truck were set ablaze. Nine vehicles of the abducted passengers were also abandoned at the scene while their properties were looted.”
A senior police officer also revealed that 10 passengers were rescued while those who sustained injuries were taken to Maiduguri Specialist Hospital for treatment.
Naija News reports that gunmen have constantly terrorized road users mostly in the northern part of the country, abducting travelers for ransom.