Boko Haram terrorists in military uniforms reportedly abducted not less than 35 passengers along Damaturu-Maiduguri road.
According to TheCable, the incident happened on Friday evening around 5 pm when the insurgents attacked a large convoy of commuters near Garin Kuturu in Jakana,
The insurgents, who reportedly appeared in military uniforms, 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,” TheCable quoted a military source as saying.
“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 from the Crack team in Maiduguri, who preferred anonymity, said ten passengers were rescued while those who sustained injuries were taken to Maiduguri Specialist Hospital for treatment.
This is coming barely 24 hours after 344 schoolboys kidnapped by bandits at Kankara in Katsina state, regained freedom after spending six days in the den of their captors.