Boko Haram insurgents on thursday have abducted some passengers along the Damaturu-Maiduguri road.
The incident happened on the Jakana axis of the road
According to military sources, the insurgents were attacking the army’s 28 task force brigade in the area, when some of them turned on passengers on the road.
“They attempted to attack the military base, but the troops gave them a run,” one of the sources said.Advertisement
“While they were retreating to the bush, they got to the highway and abducted some passengers they ran into the bush with.
“Soldiers are still tracing them in order to rescue those abducted.”
Another source said the axis is becoming deadlier as the insurgents now target travellers.Advertisement
“Anything from 2pm, it becomes dangerous to use that road. That’s why we advise our people traveling to make it early in the morning,” he said.
Mohammed Yerima, army spokesperson, did not immediately respond to a message seeking further clarification on the incident.
It would be recalled that in December, the insurgents abducted close to 35 commuters along the Damaturu-Maiduguri road.
The insurgents, who had reportedly appeared in military uniforms, were said to have mounted a roadblock on the highway with five Hilux vans before taking away the passengers.