Boko Haram kidnap passengers along Maiduguri-Kano highway

Boko Haram kidnap passengers along Maiduguri-Kano highway

Suspected Boko Haram terrorists have reportedly kidnapped passengers along the Maiduguri-Kano highway.

DAILY TRUST reports that the insurgents struck between Garin Kuturu and Mannanari village near Auno, along Damaturu highway at about 5:50 pm on Monday.

The insurgents reportedly blocked the highway before forcefully taking away some passengers.

The incident left hundreds of travellers and commuters stranded on both ends of the ever-busy road.

They had to return to Benishek and Auno respectively.

“There was an incident between Mannanari and Garin Kuturu where some Boko Haram fighters came out to block the upcoming vehicles and some passengers were abducted.

“We are not sure of the number as we speak but certainly there was an abduction on Monday evening,” a source said.

According to the report, residents narrated that many commercial drivers took refuge in their community momentarily when the insurgents were operating between Garin Kuturu and Mannanari villages.

“They came out with three wheelbarrows and I believe they were looking for foodstuff. We don’t know how many people were abducted but some commercial drivers came back and later returned to Maiduguri before reinforcement of military arrived,” the source added.

Also, a passenger, who asked not to be mentioned, stated passengers were stranded for hours.

“We were heading for Kano from Maiduguri when the driver got hint about the attack and took a detour,” he told DAILY TRUST.

“We have been waiting for the military to clear the road but we don’t know when. We are stranded here.”

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