At least 35 commuters have been abducted by Boko Haram insurgents along Damaturu-Maiduguri road, according to military sources.
The gunmen who appeared in military uniforms were said to have mounted a roadblock on the highway with five Hilux vans and attacked a large convoy of commuters near Garin Kuturu in Jakana, on Damaturu-Maiduguri road on Friday at about 17:00 p.m.
“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 ablazed.
“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 vahicles to run, the insurgents had already caught up with them.
“Many of the passengers fled to the bush, 35 abducted, two private vehicles and one truck was set ablaze. Nine vehicles of the abducted perssengers were also abandoned in the scene while their properties were looted,” the sources say.