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Boko Haram Ambush Passengers, Release Muslims, Detain Christians

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ISWAP,  a deadly faction of the now-depleted Boko Haram Insurgents on Tuesday ambushed passengers on the Maiduguri- Tamsu Kawu-Ngamdu-Damaturu road.

Naija News gathered that the terrorists abducted several passengers aboard eight commercial and private vehicles near a bridge between Tamsu Kawu and Ndamdu town at about 3 pm.

Multiple sources told Vanguard that most of the passengers were later taken to a river where they were released after reciting some verses in the Muslim faith, except three persons suspected to be Christian’s who failed to do so, as they were detained at the time other victims were asked to go back.

Speaking to one of the victims who doesn’t want his name mentioned, he said, “it was when I was interrogated and the terrorists learnt that I was a diabetic patient, coupled with my old age that saved me, as the Commander of the terrorists told his members to allow me to join those who were set free at about 7 pm.”

He revealed that the terrorists during interrogations told them that they were among those who participated in the bloody killing of the leader of Boko Haram sect, late Abubakar Shekau.

He stated that the leader added that they are members of the ISWAP group who are determined to protect the rights of innocent civilians.

“I have to thank Allah (God) for saving us from the hands of terrorists today.

“Our vehicle came into road ambush where several passengers and motorists aboard 8 different vehicles were abducted and taken to a nearby river at about 3pm.

“After a series of interrogations, many of us were released except three persons who were detained for reason not best known to us.

“The terrorists after interrogating us said that they were amongst those who killed Abubakar Shekau. They also said that they are out to protect all innocent civilians, except those who choose to follow different faith or identified as infidels,” he said.

George Oshogwe Ogbolu is a Digital Media Strategist | Content Writer | Journalist | New Media Influencer | Proofreader and a Deputy Editor at Naija News.