Nigeria’s militants Islamic extremists attacked a convoy of motorists along a recently secured highway, killing at least seven people and injuring many others, including soldiers in a military escort, according to AP.
The Maiduguri-Biu highway has been one of the most dangerous routes in northeastern Nigeria for three years because of militants attacks. The Nigeria military recaptured it last year and declared it safe, but the military escorts motorists moving in convoy along the road.
Eyewitness, Dauda Pambe, said he was among the travelers guarded by soldiers when gunmen launched the ambush attack on Saturday.
“We were somewhere between Bulabulin and Dogonwaya villages when the militants gunmen opened fire on the vehicles ahead of us in the convoy,” said Pambe. “The first vehicle was hit on the tire and the driver could not proceed so the passengers alighted and fled into the bush. The second vehicle was a pickup van carrying many passengers, and many of them could not escape.”
The gun fight continued for some time with many passengers ducking in their vehicles to avoid being hit by bullets, said Pambe.
Neither the police nor the military has yet issued a statement on the Maiduguri-Biu road attack.
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