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  • Updated: June 11, 2024

Boko Haram attacks Maiduguri-Kano highway, passengers kidnapped

Boko Haram attacks Maiduguri-Kano highway, passengers kidnap

Passengers have been kidnapped by suspected Boko Haram extremists along the Maiduguri/Kano highway. 

According to Daily Trust sources, the militants struck on Monday at around 5:50 p.m. between Garin Kuturu and Mannanari hamlet in Auno, which is along the Damaturu route.

According to reports, they barricaded the roadway before whisking away several individuals with force.

Numerous commuters and travellers were left trapped on both sides of the constantly busy route due to the event.

They had to go back to Auno and Benishek, 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.”

Locals described how several drivers temporarily sought safety in their neighbourhood during the rebels' operations between the villages of Garin Kuturu and Mannanari.

“They came out with three wheelbarrows and I believe they were looking for food stuff. 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.”

A passenger who wanted to be anonymous said he alongside others was stranded for hours.

“We were heading for Kano from Maiduguri when the driver got hinted 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.”

Meanwhile, In Katsina State, armed bandits launched a vicious attack that resulted in 26 fatalities and 2 injuries. 

On June 10, 2024, settlements in the Kankara Local Government Area were the focus of the onslaught.

In a news release, ASP Sadiq Abubakar, the spokesperson for the Katsina State Police Command, said that 15 innocent people were killed by gunmen on motorbikes who stormed Gidan Boka village.

Sadly, they also attacked a police patrol squad that was responding to a distress call close to Kurmeji village, murdering two members of the Katsina State Community Watch Corps, KSCWC, and four police officers—three inspectors and one corporal.

As they made their way to their hideouts via Dan Nakwabo hamlet, the bandits are said to have slaughtered five more residents.

Musa Aliyu, the commissioner of police for Katsina State, conveyed the command's profound shock at the tragedy and offered its sincere sympathies to the impacted individuals' friends and family.

As per CP Aliyu, the command is collaborating with pertinent parties to avert future incidents and guarantee the apprehension of those responsible for the heinous deed.

This fresh attack on Katsina villages is coming days after the Katsina State Police Command said it foiled a kidnap attempt at Duya village in Sabuwa Local Government Area of the state.

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