Boko Haram attacks travellers, abducts bride, escorts

Boko Haram insurgents have again struck Maiduguri-Damaturu highway and kidnapped a bride and her entourage less than two days after they kidnapped travellers near Auno, a suburb of Maiduguri, the capital of Borno State.

Sources say the dastardly act took place in the late hours of Friday afternoon.
The bride who is a graduate of the University of Maiduguri is a resident of the Gamboru kasuwan shanu area.

According to the only survivor of the attack, an elderly woman who was attached to the younger bridesmaids to escort them to the bride’s home in Damaturu, said they were travelling with six cars together with the bride, she passed out immediately upon seeing the terrorist who appeared in the front.

They left her unconscious there and took away all the entourage. They are to take the bride to her husband’s house who happens to be a member of the Prominent Hassan Yusuf Damaturu Family.

She was picked up by a patrol team who took her to the hospital for medical assistance. The bride’s family are unaware of the ugly scenario until after the woman who survived the attack regain consciousness and call home to inform them of the incidence.

It’s noteworthy that the Damaturu to Maiduguri highway has continued to claim the lives of innocent people, this is the second attack within two days. On Thursday there was a reported attack on travellers and an unknown number of people have been taken away by the insurgents and two cars were burnt, a driver who survived Thursday’s attack said they chased him with their Hilux vehicles but didn’t catch up with him and couldn’t shoot their guns on him as they do not want to draw the attention of the nearby military checkpoint close to the area of the attack.

Hundreds of motorist have been stalled in Jakkana as the military head out for rescue operations and clearance of the road.

” While the efforts of security operatives are highly commended for daily patrolling on the road, there is however a need for improving the current strategies as it has not eliminated the incessant attacks and kidnappings on the road.

” All hands must be on deck to salvage the situation and ensure the safety of travellers, on the Maiduguri-Damaturu highway. It is the only lifeline that connects Maiduguri to other states and all-important supplies and other essentials of Maiduguri are coming through the same route. May the bride and other victims of the road attacks regain their freedom,” a traveller said.

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